Latin Night sounds like my dream but I live 15 minutes from a Latin gay club in Toronto and I’ve never gone. It’s been easier to hide in queer scenes and be mad at all the white people than set foot in a place where I can’t compartmentalize all these parts of who I am. Not Latinx enough, not white at all: this is the story for many of us and queerness adds another layer I don’t know how to navigate.
Your favourite Heartbeats’ editors have compiled a list of stuff that made 2015 bearable. We are so excited to also share year-end faves from some our friends and HDB alumni. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do. More melanin coming to ya in the new year.
Love, KC & VS
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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.
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.
Vivek and me looking back on 2014 with our faves.