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Gabby Rivera: for being the first queer Latina to write for Marvel Comics

To mark International Women's Day, Univision honors 15 incredible Latinas who are innovating in fields from sports to science.

8 Mar 2018 – 7:49 AM EST

Her name is America Chavez. She is the first queer Latina Marvel superheroine. She faces a number of difficulties as a lesbian Latina. But she also has superpowers.

“I’ve always dreamt up wild, powerful and carefree superheroes that look like me and my family: thick, brown, goofy, beautiful," Rivera told The Washington Post. "And now I get to see them come to life. ‘America’ is going to be all those things and it’s [going to] be wild.”

In 2016 she published her novel 'Juliet Takes a Breath,' about a young lesbian Latina and her passage into adulthood. For Rivera, the book is about the representation of queer brown women who bravely seek their place in the world. That’s why the protagonist’s last name is Palante, which means “Forward” in Spanish.

“Many of us never leave the block, the Bronx or a certain mindset, believing we can only be a certain way, live a certain way, wear certain clothes,” she told Latina. “There are huge systems trying to control what we are doing; yet, at our core, our people have always said to raise your brown and black fists, march on and move forward.”

Emma Gonzalez
For calling B.S. on the NRA
Marlen Esparza
For revolutionizing women's boxing
Germaine Franco
For bringing Mexican music to the big screen
Rita Moreno
For redefining what it means to be 86
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
For bringing marginalized farmworker's voices into the #MeToo conversation
Diana Trujillo
For getting us closer to Mars
Princess Nokia
For infusing rap with punk rock, feminism and 'Afrolatinidad'
Candi CdeBaca
For fighting gentrification in a changing Denver
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
For breaking barriers in the exploration of space and time
Cristina Martínez
For daring to talk about undocumented restaurant workers
Geisha Williams
For leading California into a green energy future
Elizabeth Guzman
For taking her immigrant story to the Virginia legislature
Reyna Montoya
For encouraging undocumented youth to dream and heal
Maria Hinojosa
For putting Latino stories front and center
Gabby Rivera
For being the first queer Latina to write for Marvel Comics

Coordination: Jessica Weiss, Olivia Liendo and Allie Jaynes.

Illustrations: Grace Berríos and Jackie Albano.

Web design and development: Juan Jesús Gómez.

Editorial: Nathalie Alvaray, Tamoa Calzadilla, Juliana Jiménez, Douglas Gómez and Rogerio Manzano.

Photo Editing: David Maris.

This story was produced in collaboration with Univision Contigo, Univision's social responsibility team.

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