Are there any projects that you are working on currently?
I am still working on Queer Icons, that is my labor of love and will be okay working on this project til my last days. I’ll never get tired of shining a light on my beautiful Queer/Trans community of color. I am also thinking of a documentary style photo series of Queer couples. I’m very fascinated by the idea of relationships. Two individuals becoming one unit and being able to make that work is something that’s always been so elusive to me and I want to capture that, perhaps some of that magic will rub off on me!
Please talk about your identit(y/ies); perhaps as a recipe?
2 parts Virgo, 1 part Queer, 1 part Mexicano and a sprinkle of Midwest and East Coast spice and then baked.
We came to the states when I was a toddler, although I grew up in this country and spoke English like my classmates, I never called myself American, it might have to do with the fact that we were undocumented until I was a teenager, so I always was reminded that I was Mexican. I didn’t travel back to Mexico until my 30s when my parents retired and moved back. I was in my home state of Zacatecas when I realized how American I was. People back in Mexico picked up on it immediately and would ask me where I was from. Returning from my first trip is when I started identifying as an Americanized Mexican. More recently I’ve been identifying as Mexican-Amaricon. It’s a play on words. Maricon means faggot. It was a word that was hurled at me at a young age but a label I now embrace and wear with pride. So I felt it was appropriate… I’m a queer Americanized Mexican… a Mexican-Amaricon! So my full identity is left-handed double Virgo Mexican-Amaricon stoner!