My Border Town’s First Ever Pride

 

 

Here’s my latest for VICE:

“Growing up queer in a Mexican American community rooted in faith wasn’t easy. But seeing that community celebrate my identity this weekend was a monumental experience.”

Since moving to New York City almost eight years ago, I’ve returned to my hometown of Eagle Pass, Texas, roughly 20 times. But this past weekend was the most important yet.

Each visit, I feel, has gotten gayer and more fabulous than the last, because I just don’t give a fuck what people (read: nosey neighbors) think about my queerness anymore. And that’s because I have the love and support of my family. That attitude, of course, came only after years of self-discovery and acceptance, made possible after moving from the sheltered Mexican American community where I grew up to one of the world’s most LGBTQ-friendly cities.

 

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