Jonathan Del Arco is a Uruguayan American actor and gay rights and political activist. He is best known for his role as Hugh the Borg on Star Trek: The Next Generation and for his recurring role as medical examiner Dr. Morales on The Closer and Major Crimes. He is also a consultant for and active in the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Del Arco was born in Uruguay in 1966. He played with dolls as a child, and in public he was frequently and mistakenly thought to be a little girl. His parents sought psychiatric therapy for him to help him be more masculine, but this led to no change in his behavior.
The Del Arco family emigrated to the United States in 1976, and settled in Port Chester, New York. Del Arco later recalled that he had a child's overly-idealistic view of the United States, assuming there would be televisions everywhere, flying cars, and other futuristic things. Instead, the Del Arcos were very poor and forced to seek assistance from the Salvation Army, which found them a two-bedroom apartment infested with rats.
School was difficult for Jonathan. Unable to speak English, he was not mainstreamed but placed in a class with other students who only spoke Spanish (most of whom were also very poor). He was ostracized by the other Latino students for being feminine, and called "white" for not having the dark skin color of other Latinos. Because of his non-masculine behavior, he was often called names and physically threatened. In junior high school, the bullying became much worse. One bully in particular routinely followed him around at school and to Del Arco's home, accosting him and threatening him. Del Arco feared for his life. Some of the bullying ended when Del Arco told classmates he had "contagious nose cancer", and this frightened the bullies away. "That is how I learned to outsmart the bullies and not get injured," he said in 2011. "I had my imagination and my creativity and that was an asset, a way to navigate a lot of these obstacles." He graduated from Port Chester High School in 1984.
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Posted By: Bunker |
7/15/13 1:56 PM
Schools should have zero tolerance for racial bullying
Posted By: BeeHive8 |
7/17/13 1:05 PM
Parents please dont seek psychiatric therapy if your son is playing with dolls and you want him to be more masuline. They will be fine....might even become a movie star one day, who knows.
Posted By: Sact00 |
7/18/13 2:37 PM
wow he graduated when I was born thats funny