By Jack FertigAmerica-Ferrera


America Ferrera turns 28 on Wednesday. The actress gained big time attention as the title character in Ugly Betty, a show that had major gay appeal. She was nominated in 2010 for favorite female star by the Gay People’s Choice awards and the Lesbian/Bi People’s Choice awards. Who knew? In 2011, she made her stage debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago in London.



While the sun is entering Taurus, Mercury in Aries is semi-square Jupiter in Taurus. It’s too easy to start an argument over minor details and dig in your heels. Relax, let go and consider priorities.


ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Stop making trouble. It’s nobody else’s fault you’re cranky. The hypersensitivity will pass. In the meantime you need time alone for meditation, moderate exercise and simple housekeeping.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Your lucky day isn’t happening this week, but you should be getting your share of them soon. Fun with friends can go way over the top. How much trouble do you really want to handle?

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Slow and easy does it. Breathe. Meditate. No matter how badly your parents screwed you up, you’re a grown-up, have to be responsible and fix your own problems.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
New friendships could last forever. Cultivate important connections, but be certain you can be counted on. Charge your batteries, but too much seclusion is an unhealthy indulgence.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
All eyes are turning to you. Strut your stuff and show off your best work. Just don’t pull anything sneaky. That’s not to rule out private pleasures. Have fun, but don’t slide into excess.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Your naughtiest secrets are about to be revealed. You might be able to control which ones. Good luck with that. Opening the right discussion with the right person could open a lot more.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Discussions with your partner helps set limits. It won’t be easy or pleasant, but you’ll know where you stand and where to go from there. Whether it creates freedom or security you’re better for it.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Vent about stress at work safely away from your job. Sure you have legitimate complaints, but let off the steam and get others’ perspective so you can cool down and deal with it constructively.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
What looks like innocent fun gets you caught up in arguments that just distract from valued work and pleasures. There may be no avoiding it, but you can easily walk away.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Defending your turf is more contentious than you expected. Set limits, but you may have to give a little to protect a lot. Think ahead and be sure you can defend whatever lines you set.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
New ideas lead to brilliance. Discuss everything openly. Keep your BS filters up, but resist the urge to argue. Friendly advice about your partnership is worth listening to. Be polite anyway.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
A secret isn’t safe in your mouth. Stay focused. You could stumble onto a great deal, but is it really? Check it out as carefully as you can, but act fast or forget it. It won’t last long.

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 13, 2012.