Many people have mentioned that one never truly forgets to ride a bike, even when they haven’t done so for an extended period of time. The process of riding a bike is something the brain doesn’t unlearn. Apparently, it gets … Continue reading Procedural Memory- How struggling has impacted me as a writer and, very likely, most of us as humans.
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
The Spanish word “mojados” translates to “wetbacks.”
I remember the first time I ever heard that word. Continue reading How I learned about being a’mojado’ and how I am proud of being one now
Promptly after placing my order with the waiter during a recent lunch date with my sister, I took notice on how robotic we are to document the process of life. A glimpse at the digital clock on my cell phone indicates … Continue reading Stagnant Moments
When my father was diagnosed with cancer, it wasn’t dismal or disbelieving, it was somewhat expected. Already having a numerous amounts of health complications—many associated with one another, acting like codependent factors of a possibly violent, internal time bomb— it seemed inevitable for it to come at one point or another, as disheartening as it sounds. Of course, it was heartbreaking, discouraging and worrisome, but its presence didn’t bring on a state of shock. It was like the impending, whirling tornado had finally touched ground. Continue reading The Power of Believing: Turns Out We Can All Be Fighters