I want to explain how a boy with working-class parents from Western Mexico ended up teaching French at a prestigious American university in the Midwest. Whenever I think of who he is, who statistically he is supposed to be, I get a little confused. The story seems a little odd…

That day I got back from my daily morning run, happy from letting the sun touch my skin one more day. I noticed after trying to wash my hands in my dark bathroom that the power was off in my building. I had forgotten to pay the power bill earlier…

What happens when pop artists are aware of the function of pop music?

In 2008, pop sensation Lady Gaga made a splash into the music world with her album The Fame, which spanned diamond hits “Just Dance” and “Poker Face,” and other fan favorites like “Paparazzi” and “Love Game.” This dance pop album saw Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta) adopt the persona of…

Physical space can transform your relationships: is this good?

Occasionally, I call my dad to check how he is doing. (Also, he might ask me to help him pay his bills online or aid him with other internet-relate tasks, and in turn, I might ask him for a favor too…

My earliest memories take me back to a quaint suburban house my family rented in the Mexican city of Tijuana, a mile away from the border with the United States. I remember my dad, who worked long shifts in the construction industry in the San Diego metropolitan area, sometimes brought…

What does it mean to be queer in the late 2010s, almost two full decades into the twenty-first century? And how can I, a cisgender gay man, even attempt to tackle this question when I am only a shade in a palette with thousands of colors?

I couldn’t even if…

When I was six years-old, I thought I had made a shocking discovery. Upon cutting my finger with an sharp object I have no recollection of and seeing drops of blood appear on my skin, I theorized that the human body had blood all over it. From the top of…

Dating can be, to say the least, a daunting and exhausting process. It helps you, however, to know yourself and what you wish for in a partner.

In late 2018, pop singer Ariana Grande surprised the world when she released her single “Thank U, Next” only a few months after she had released her best-seller album Sweetener. She had recently broken up with her fiance, comedian Pete Davidson, and mourned the death of her ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac…

Salvador L.R.

Writer. Bringing awareness to LGBTQ issues and mental health.

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