May 2015 Posts

Stories of the Spectrum is a youth-led photo exhibit by youth members of the Chinese Progressive Association that documents the stories of queer and gender non-conforming people of color and their allies in the Bay Area. Through portraits and self-defined descriptions of participants, the exhibit seeks to explore a spectrum of gender expressions and sexual identities in a way that challenges stereotypes and explores how gender and sexuality play a role in all of our lives.

Macho Menos is a Latino queer slang play on the common Spanish phrase “mas o menos” which translates to “more or less”. This slang is used by Gay Latino men to claim their Queerness but to retain their machismo. The Macho Menos exhibition dissects and expands this term in order to examine the larger, complicated connections between queerness and machismo in Latino communities. Since birth Latinos have been taught to think in binary when it comes to gender. We cannot escape the masculine and feminine because the Spanish language is gendered.