As a brown-skinned girl, my summers were once filled with self depravation. I avoided going swimming or out to an amusement park because of worry I would get darker.
After a lifetime of being mocked for her brown skin, Amanda Agustin describes how she came to embrace her skin tone and love laying out in sun.
As a young Latina, I believe young Latinos killed by police also deserve our attention and outrage, but I’m hesitant to co-opt the Black Lives Matter movement.
As a young queer girl, I see so little representation of people who love like me. YouTubers who become visible on their own terms are all we have.
Amanda Agustin translates for her mom, whose native language is Spanish. In serving as a translator, she has come to understand the discrimination her mom faces and serve as a source of strength.
“How do you know you’re gay?” I get this all the time. So far, the only answer I have is: “You just know.”
When I hold my girlfriend’s hand in public, it’s not an invitation to ask me questions about my personal life. I’m not a spokesperson for the queer community.