Latines: We are a mixed people

I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, the most southern region of Texas, in a small town called Brownsville. While I grew up in classrooms full of Garcias, Sanchezes, and Cardenases, my last name was Lee.

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Remove Gender.

There’s a lot of emphasis on cisgender men in our culture. Latines know it and have seen it in their families, friends, and faith communities.

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Healing.

Growing up at my house, queerness, feminism, and anything outside the binary was viewed as a white issue. It was the societal cucuy or boogie man coming for my parent’s children. Sometimes it was even the devil, or so my parents would insist.

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Latine is a Celebration.

Call me Latine was inspired by a viral Facebook post written to introduce my friends to the gender-neutral Spanish word, Latine. When I first shared the post I had no idea how much attention it would receive.

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