Neta on the Border

Hi, everyone. This is La Shaguita with some updates from the Lesbihonest Closet.

In the summer of 2017 I traveled through the Southern United States interviewing queer women about the realities they’re facing at home. I went to Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee, all alone and mostly on Greyhound buses.

This trip was inspired by a fog of despair I experienced after the 2016 presidential elections. As a person who cares about humanity, I was and still am gravely concerned by the recklessness being wrought upon the world through that orange-hued, pitiful excuse for a human being who happens to be in power in the United States.

I didn’t want to focus on it, on … HIM. In fact, I think part of the reason Trump won the election in the first place was because of all the attention he was getting. It’s as though this gave him a false air of legitimacy that ended up working in his favor.

I also didn’t want to sit back in my closet in San Francisco and generalize about a vast region of the United States known as the South, where news of one discriminatory bill after the other was popping up on the airwaves everyday, and where a large bulk of Trump supporters live. I knew that the South, as much as it symbolized bigotry and backwardness in my sheltered California brain, has also long been a place of resistance, cultural richness and strength. I wanted to go there and meet some of the people who make the South a beautiful place. So I packed my bags and got on a plane to Texas. That is how this adventure began.

This will be the first of the Lesbi in the South series. In this episode I travel to McAllen, Texas, where I speak to Dani Marrero Hi about issues faced by LGBTQI+ individuals on the Texas-México border.

Special thanks to Dani and the Neta team for your time and amazing work and to Ali Gardoqui de la Reguera, Johanna María Rosenbaum, Patricia Pietrafesa, Inés Laurencena, Pilar Arrese and Florencia Vanina Lliteras from Kumbia Queers for your música (“Chica del Calendario”).

Dani Marrero Hi, founder of netargv.com

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