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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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¿Quién es“Gorritas”? Por: Eder Díaz Concepto de la Columna “Palabras y Omisión” Eder Díaz “Gorritas,” comparte anécdotas y lecciones aprendidas a través de su vida y de las pláticas que tiene en supodcast “De Pueblo, Católico y Gay.” Mi nombre es Eder Díaz, pero me dicen “Gorritas.” Tengo 33 años y soy de pueblo, católico y gay. Nací en un pueblo pequeño de los Altos de Jalisco, que cómo yo, también es conocido por su apodo, “La Chona”. Su nombre es Encarnación de Díaz, y siempre he sentido una relación muy fuerte con mi pueblo porque aparte de todo, compartimos…

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Let’s have a friendly little talk, shall we, about what’s normal. Before he came out and was disowned by his entire family, this is what my therapy client told his group: “When my parents were face-to-face with my gay uncle, they were respectful to him, but the moment he’d leave the mockery would begin and he was forever the go-to guy to make fun of. Because of that experience, I always knew that being gay was unacceptable in my family and, as I started figuring out that I was gay, I always kept it on the down-low with my family.”…

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Orgullo y Responsabilidad By Mary Khon Feliz mes del orgullo and Happy Pride Month, Queeridos! Yes, aquí estamos de nuevo. Another Gay Pride Month has arrived and I’m very sure you are getting ready to party. And party you should, queerido, porque, come dice el dicho, “you only live once.” Oh, my Gods! I must be under the influence of some drugs to sound so cheerful. But obviously I am not too high because I’m able to recognize my own cheesiness. No, queeridos, I haven’t taken any drugs. I just decided that this column, for once, should be positive, being…

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Apoya el acta para salvar vidas de California (AB 392) Por: Francisco Dueñas El otro día mi mamá se enfrentó a la policía. Los cuestionaba porque estaban deteniendo a un joven latino sin razón, según ella. No es que mi mamá sabía algo acerca del joven que los policías no sabían, nunca lo había visto. Sino que ella tiende a pensar en lo mejor de las personas. El hecho de que sufre del mal de Alzheimer’s también explica su valentía y falta de temor a dar su opinión a los oficiales. Pero yo, a su lado, tuve que navegar con…

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The other day my mom confronted the police. She questioned why they were detaining a young Latino for no reason, according to her. Not that my mom knew something about the young man that the cops did not know; she had never seen him. But she tends to think about the best in people. The fact that she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease also explains her courage and lack of fear in giving her opinion to the officers. By her side, I had to navigate carefully to distract and pacify my mother so that the situation did not continue to grow…

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Por: Jorge Diaz, MSW – Clinical Social Worker, jorgeadiaz2010@gmail.com Como hombre gay latino, el mes de mayo puedeserunamontañarusa de emociones. Porunlado, celebramos el día de lasmadres y por el otrocomienzanlasfestividades del orgullo gay. En nuestracultura, noscriaron con la creenciaque el amor de madreesúnico e incondicional, unamorquecuratodo. ¿Peroquésucedecuando se revoca el amor de madreporquelascreenciasculturales y religiosas son barrerasqueimpiden la aceptación de la identidad de unhijo gay? ¿Podemosrealmentecelebrar el orgullocuandollevamos la carga y el dolor del rechazo de unamadre? ¿Cuándote das cuenta de quedebessentirteorgulloso de quiéneres y amarte a pesar de quetumadre no puedeestar a tulado? ¿Cómopodemostener el espíritu del orgullo gay…

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By: Jorge Diaz, MSW – Clinical Social Worker, jorgeadiaz2010@gmail.com As a gay Latino man, the month of May can be a roller coaster of emotions. On one had, we celebrate Mother’s day and on the other, let gay pride festivities begin! We are raised to believe that a mother’s love is unique and unconditional-a love that cures all. But what happens when a mother’s love is revoked because cultural and religious beliefs create barriers in accepting their gay son’s identity? Can we really celebrate pride when we carry the burden and pain of a mother’s rejection? When do you realize…

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Fui expuesta al arte a temprana edad. Mi madre era una diseñadora textil y una coleccionista de arte. Mi padre estaba involucrado en el diseño automotriz. Había cuadros de varios de mis tíos pintados. Fuimos a muchos museos de arte y exhibiciones mientras crecía. Cuando mis propios hijos abandonaron el nido hace unos años, comencé a tomar clases de arte en South Bay, en el Centro de arte Palos Verdes y en Destination Art en Torrance. Arlene Weinstock fue mi primera maestra, ella me enseñó los conceptos básicos de color y valor. Aprendí técnica de paisaje con David Wolfram. Ahora…

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