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Laura’s Team Pick

We’re not the only ones who are excited about Pariah. In anticipation for its release, Salon and New America Media are running a series of coming stories from minority and immigrant queer teens and young adults. I’m going to be honest and admit that I was expecting the ratio of gay boy to lesbian to trans* stories to hover somewhere around 83:6:1, but so far I’ve got nothing but good things to say. Of the stories we’ve published so far, we’ve seen impeccably well-written stories from an Raul Rodriguez, Raul Rodriguez, undocumented Peruvian man, Jamilah King, the African American daughter of a single woman, Andres Garcia, a Catholic Latino teenage boy, and Jean Melesaine, a Mormon-raised Samoan American woman. It’s the revolution in almost-nearly-mainstream media!

“If I could take all my parts with me when I go somewhere, and not have to say to one of them, ‘No, you stay home tonight, you won’t be welcome,’ because I’m going to an all-white party where I can be gay, but not Black. Or I’m going to a Black poetry reading, and half the poets are anti-homosexual, or thousands of situations where something of what I am cannot come with me. The day all the different parts of me can come along, we would have what I would call a revolution.”


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Laura is a tiny girl who wishes she were a superhero. She likes talking to her grandma on the phone and making things with her hands. Strengths include an impressive knowledge of Harry Potter, the ability to apply sociology to everything under the sun, and a knack for haggling for groceries in Spanish. Weaknesses: Chick-fil-a, her triceps, girls in glasses, and the subjunctive mood. Follow the vagabond adventures of Laura and her bike on twitter [@laurrrrita].

Laura has written 308 articles for us.

11 Comments

  1. This was so great until I read the one about the bisexual guy.

    “It’s so much harder for a guy to come out than a girl because the world sees lesbians as OK, but as soon as a guy comes out, all hell
    breaks loose.”

    no words. just anger. people are dumb.

  2. E

    I love that quote. I seriously just want to put it on a notecard and carry it with me 24/7.

  3. I’ve read the series on Salon and was wondering if AS was going to mention it. I liked most of the essays.

  4. Well porny plastic Barbie doll lesbians might be seen as okay, but, um hey those don’t exist -gasp-

  5. I grew up in Utah surrounded by Samoan and Tongan Mormons. I suspected a few of the girls I went to school with may have been queer. I totally want to date a Polynesian girl, they are gorgeous

  6. darcy

    I’ve just started seeing a girl who recently immigrated from the Phillipines, so this is so relevant to my interests right now…

  7. “an Raul Rodriguez, Raul Rodriguez, undocumented Peruvian man”

    Whut?! I think you need to fix that.

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