For some in the younger generation of Mexican-Americans, religion, specifically Catholicism, is more of a cultural element than a spiritual one. The cross, the rosary, and images of La Virgen de Guadalupe have become part of the Mexican-American identity, these images have moved from the church and onto tattoos and clothing; it is a form of showing Mexican pride.

I combined that aspect of myself with my queerness. This led me into thinking of how few images of queer POC are out in the world and how it’s my community of QTPOC that are the most vulnerable in this society; yet here we are, alive and proud.

GABRIEL GARCíA ROMáN Our Place In This World: Gabriel García Román’s “Queer Icons.” The Offing 13 October 2015

Pictured above: Gabriel García Román. Portrait of an Artist.

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