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Many studies have been conducted on how Instagram and other social media apps for the ways that they inspire users to compare themselves to others and the negative feelings that prolonged usage generates, or FOMO (fear of missing out, for those who prefer words to acronyms). Less scientific research, however, has been done on the role that gay dating apps play on the mental health of users. Public health is bent, for good reason, on bringing light to the connection between dating app usage and STI transmission (raw means war, everyone) and Google provides hits of a few articles by…

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La Magia de Viajar Por: Francisco Dueñas Soy un fiel creyente en la magia de viajar. Me crié visitando a familiares cada otro año en México para las navidades, visitando a los pueblos donde se criaron mis padres, imaginándolos siendo niños como yo. Conocía a nuevos primos y primas, jugaba conquián con mi tío y me dejaba ser bendecido por mis tía abuelas.No viajábamos mucho más allá de visitas a familiares pero, afortunadamente, tenía familiares en varios sitios de México y aunque mis padres eran de pueblos chicos y rurales de Jalisco, tenía una hermana mayor que vivía en la…

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I am a faithful believer in the magic of traveling. I grew up visiting relatives every other year in Mexico for Christmas, visiting the villages where my parents were raised, imagining them as a child like me. I met new cousins, played card games with my uncle and was blessed by my great aunts. We did not travel much beyond visits to relatives but, fortunately, I had relatives in various places in Mexico and although my parents were from small and rural towns of Jalisco, I had an older sister who lived in Mexico City, with its millions of inhabitants.…

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You were right all along: They really do hate you. Well, the occasional stranger is going to hate you because, after all, in their world, they’re going to feel better so long as they can hate somebody. But generally speaking, the hate comes from the usual regular and predictable basis. Here in America, we’re talking about the folks who brought you exorcism of the demon of homosexuality, conversion therapy (still legal in 35 states!), and the “we just love you with the love of the Lord” baby talk. Sure, parents can hate their own, and parental rejection will be felt…

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Juntos, pero no Revueltos Por: Eder Díaz Estamos a solo dos meses de las manifestaciones y celebraciones de orgullo LGBT del mes dejunio en varias ciudades en Estados Unidos y también en gran parte del mundo, incluyendo a México. Creo que no soy el único que en años recientes ha estado aprendiendo sobre la diversidad que existe en la comunidad LGBT. Este último año en particular, en gran parte debido a las pláticas que he tenido en mi podcast “De Pueblo, Católico y Gay”, he aprendido más sobre lo que es ser género no binario, o la experiencia de una…

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We are only a couple of months away from the pride parade and celebrations of June that not only take place in various cities of the U.S. but in other parts of the world, including Mexico. I don’t think I’m the only one who in recent years has learned more about the diversity that exists within the LGBT community. This last year in particular, and thanks to the many conversations that I have had in my podcast “De Pueblo, Católico y Gay,” (From a small town, Catholic and gay) I have learned more about what gender non-binary means, I have…

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I am Mela Troncoso. As a child born in a peaceful little, storybook village in San Antonio Pajonal, El Salvador, isolated and far away from so much of the spinning world events of the 20th century, it was a peaceful repose to reflect, to meditate and embrace all the natural, bountiful beauty nature of flowers had bestowed through the lens of our senses. It was there from which I became a messenger of serenity and beauty, transposing what I had experienced into the cascading watercolor and acrylic portraits of succulent and colorful flowers and grown foods arising from the earth…

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Soy Mela Troncoso. Como una niña nacida en un pequeño pueblo como sacado de un cuento en San Antonio Pajonal, El Salvador, aislado y alejado de gran parte de los acontecimientos mundiales del siglo XX, fue un descanso pacífico para reflexionar, meditar y abrazar todo el mundo. La naturaleza abundante de flores ha sido otorgada a través de la lente de nuestros sentidos. Fue allí donde me convertí en mensajera de serenidad y belleza, transponiendo lo que había experimentado a la acuarela en toques sin fin y los retratos acrílicos de flores suculentas y coloridas y alimentos cultivados que surgen…

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By Mary Khon Hello, Queeridos!!! The official Pride Month is over and I hope you enjoyed each minute of it to the max. I celebrated with friends, participated in the gay parade in San Francisco, and attended several QTPOC events. Wait, you don’t know what the acronym QTPOC means? Do not fret; mamma is here to help. QTPOC stands for Queer and Trans People of Color. Got it? Good. Moving on. Summer is here to stay, unless, of course, global warming. But what plans do you have? Are you traveling? Are you working? Are you spending time at the beach?…

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Okay, the last relationship was painfully disappointing but, hey, my good man, Onward! This time there is a way to ensure you have a much, much higher probability of success in terms of having that dream relationship, complete with the dream sex life. First, let’s take a look at what’s going wrong so far. If you’re anything like the rest of America, then when it comes to romance, you are probably guilty of failing to perform what they call in the business world, your “due diligence.” Most people spend a lot more time researching, shopping and thinking more about their…

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