Galentine’s 2016

This is the 4th year I’ve been lucky enough to design queer valentine’s for George Brown College’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Human Rights. I work with collaborator boo Vivek Shraya to come up with fresh ideas every year. We decided from early on that it was an impossible task to name every identity within LGBTQIA2S and beyond. Instead we try to focus on positive quotes, playful ideas and pop culture references that offer options beyond a rainbow (Although there have been rainbows. Rainbows are nice.)

Have a look at this year’s batch.

If you really like em, you can download them here on Google Drive. Print them, cut them and enjoy.

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All Vivek’s idea tbh.

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Sophie and Jennicet

This is me attempting to be positive. Update: it’s hard.

I’m trying to rep my culture these days. I’m trying to undo all that was lost to assimilation and show some real love to my people. Part of that included drawing some sports’ guys and the response was seriously one of my highlights of the year. I even got to be on Spanish radio here in Toronto! I made some new connections and friends who may, more than likely, be relatives—hola prima!

I’m wrapping up the year by starting a new tradition of honouring the mighty mujeres that inspired me this year. There are many women I love; from Selena to Selena Gomez and my little sister and Serena Williams. I will draw you all eventually.

2015 was all about Jennicet Gutiérrez and Sophie Cruz taking on immigration reform.

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Mis Blue Jays

I didn’t really understand why my older sister would insist on taking me to see movies with Salma Hayek when I was a kid. She always said it was important to support our people. I thought Salma was pretty.

I get it now; representation is important. Like Junot Diaz says, to not be reflected in the world will make you feel like a monster. That idea, and the anti-immigration policies from our government in the past 10 years, led me to draw six Blue Jays this weekend. Yes, the baseball team.

It seems like we only like immigrants when they are winning our games, not when they come here trying to survive our wars.

This is a bit of an ‘I SEE U’ to my Latinxs on the active Blue Jays’ roster. You make me proud and you make me care.

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