Growing up, I felt I wasn’t enough. Not white enough. Not Latina enough. I’ve tried to look to my mother’s story as my own missing piece. I’ve made her story into a key that will unlock a feeling of place and belonging. As a writer, I look to stories to guide me.
I grew up in a conservative family so I never really knew the words to describe who I was but when I saw Walter Mercado in his finery and elegance, I knew I was like him.
In Ifa, a Yoruba-based religion, we believe that when we die, we are reincarnated into our same family lineage. I’ve imagined all the ways in which it would be possible that my grandmother was once my sister, or my aunt, a friend in a past life or even a version of me. We depended on each other in so many ways.
We’re always coming out. As an: anime fanatic, manga-collecting Pokémon plushie hoarder; as a giddy, youthful ray of sunshine and not just the dense, American Dream-deprived immigrant, prompted over-thinker — I realize I am more than any of these individual rooms at all times.
In the U.S., mass graves have been uncovered as developers unearth land for future projects. People claim we are experiencing the pandemic collectively — but economically, politically, and geographically, we are not. Look where we get buried. Look at who gets buried.
This Latinx Heritage Month, I’m calling for non-Black Latinxs to reflect on the ways in which we’re aiding white supremacy and how we can instead be accomplices for the liberation of Black people.
This is precisely what I admire about cholas, and what I wanted to emulate for myself as a femme. These women were highly feminine, but not the dainty kind, the kind that has lived a thousand years.
“Writing, for me, is a way of reimagining that which I’ve experienced and creating something new. It’s a way of future-building. It’s a way of taking back agency. Each time I do this in my writing, I think it makes me a little more free.”
America Ferrara’s new bilingual comedy series combines my absolute favorite things: Latinx families, drool-worthy close ups of food, and brown girls making out. What more could you ask for?
What, were you expecting the National Anthem to be sung in Spanish?
Latinxs are under attack. Since gringos first decided to manifest their destiny on our land, Latinx people in the United States have been forced to live under a regime of fear and degradation: White Supremacy.
“Building ofrendas unite the living and the dead; they give space for our stories to be held. I light candles and kneel before them to say prayers because doing so reminds me, even when I’m my most lost – I’m never alone in this world.”
What we want is not to be brave, but to be free.
Moraga’s latest, “Native Country of the Heart,” is a deep meditation on memory — reflections of the past, recalling hard moments, losing ourselves, and remembering who we are as Mexican-Americans, in more ways than one. She spoke to Autostraddle about her new book and the journey her queer feminism has taken over the course of her career.
Milwaukee based REYNA (Victoriah and Hannah Gabriela Banuelos) has some perfectly crafted queer pop you’ll love, and they’re gearing up for their biggest year yet.
This entire season is so gay its nearly unquantifiable.
I considered titling this “Latinx Butches 2018: Welcome To The Thirst Trap,” but that didn’t seem very professional, you know?
Though Emma and Eddy are the central queer protagonists, the supporting cast of each of their friendship circles come peppered with queer bodies of all shapes and sizes and gender spectrums.
Vida’s queer showrunner Tanya Saracho talks to Autostraddle one-on-one about the politics of building a Latinx LGBT writers room, Beyoncé, and why Vida is going to be your new spring obsession!
Vida’s out non-binary actor Ser Anzoategui gave Autostraddle an one-on-one interview about the show, the importance of queer Latinx representation in front of and behind the camera, and even sang a little Selena for the heck of it. You want this!
TCA wraps up this week but we’ve already picked the show we’re most excited about: Starz’s”Vida” has a Queer Latina showrunner, a writers room that’s 100% Latinx and 50% queer, an all-POC mostly-female directing team, and so many queer and gender non-conforming characters!