Recently, I watched an American sitcom where the family gathered around a fancy table for dinner. It occurred to me that the representation of dinner throughout America isn’t something that is relatable for all. Here is a poem about that. Continue reading Dinner
A short poem about a mother’s own account crossing into the United States in the early 90s. Continue reading 30 Dollars
A short story about a young boy who identifies as queer in El Paso, Texas, his sickly mother and how hard is it to be accepted by both society and one’s own family. Continue reading Tired Eyes
Derived from the Spanish word ‘mujer’ which means woman, muxes are boys and men who identify themselves as females. Like most transgender people, muxes dress in women’s clothing and apply make-up on themselves. They speak speak effeminately. But they also take on social roles traditionally given to genetically-born females. Continue reading For muxes, Mexican males who dress as women and are socially accepted, every month is Pride month.
The concern was to include JFK, MLK, FDR, the Civil Rights Movement and the Proclamation of Emancipation, The New Deal and Nat Turner and many other monumental American affairs.
But no one ever taught me about Harvey Milk. Continue reading I was never taught about Harvey Milk
Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a day when we remind people to be accepting of other’s differences and sexual identity, to be good beings and not commit hate crimes against their fellow humans and to treat … Continue reading Being gay is okay as long as it’s not on display: Master Of None addresses issue right on time for International Day Against Homophobia
I’ve always thrived to be as good of a person that I possibly can be, even if that isn’t always apparent to some. I might stray away from some of the social norms of what is perceived to be proper social etiquette, constitutional and overall healthy human behavior, but never intentionally crude and inhumane. Well, almost never. Continue reading Face Value/Remarkable Entities
Chavez’s efforts not only gave spotlight to the harsh and inhumane conditions experienced by the farm workers, most of which were Mexican immigrants, but to Latino issues and concerns altogether. Continue reading Cesar Chavez: A Story To Remember And To Be Retold
On Valentine’s Day, I returned to my hometown of El Paso, Texas for an undetermined amount of time. In need of sorting out a few aspects of my life including future career paths, I went back to the city that molded me both as an individual and as a writer. My head was cluttered with questions, options, possibilities and needs. I was at standpoint where only uncertainly lied ahead. El Paso seemed as much of a good place to figure things out as any. Continue reading About My Month In El Paso
African-American women are more likely to be infected with HIV than other women, and many don’t know it. So public health officials and advocates are trying to get the word out about PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis. It’s a daily medication that helps prevent HIV infection. Continue reading Spreading The Word About HIV Prevention For African-American Women