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Notes Towards a Transformative Masculinity

Daniel E. Solís y Martínez

By Daniel E. Solís y Martínez
Daniel E. Solís y Martínez is Master of Arts in History student at Claremont Graduate University. The gay son of Salvadoreña/o immigrants to Los Angeles, Daniel has lived his life in spaces of contradiction. Daniel is interested in the excavation of marginal peoples' buried histories in the greater Los Angeles region. Currently, his research centers on multiracial community organizing in Los Angeles - both historically and in the present day - as well as tracing the trajectory of Latina/o immigrations to and within Los Angeles. Daniel hopes to be a university professor one day.


I would like to thank my mother Sandra, for her unconditional love; my grandmother Maria Armengol, for making me eat fruit everyday; my father Rene, for being who he is; my brothers Andy and Giovanni, for not letting me take myself seriously; my someday sister-in-law Christine for bringing us all together; Hailey for being so spoiled; Suparna Bhaskaran for introducing me to queer theory; Hassan Rahmanian for challenging my ideological “truths”; Jahwara Giddings for nurturing my oppositional scholarship; Jocelyn Robinson for being my wise elder; Ana Grande, Jonathan Meza, and Diana Marin for teaching me the value of difference and compromise; Tomás Summers Sandoval for letting me borrow his digital recorder and being a great mentor/doppelganger;  Lecia Brooks, Char, Sergio Marin, Diane Flinn, Marci Matt, Hoa Su, Kate Calimquim, and Lauren Russell for loving me and showing me that its ok to be queer. Special love to the Lesbian CNXN, scattered as it may be, you all are in my heart. Finally, I would like to thank Trevor Hoppe for working on this project for almost a year. Without his patience and critical eye, this essay would not be what it is. 



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Andy said:

Great essay!Very proud of you for writing this.

Posted at: May 19, 2008 2:44 PM

Ray said:

GREAT ESSAY!!! good work.

Posted at: May 19, 2008 11:35 PM

Lauren H said:


Posted at: June 1, 2008 3:38 AM

lecia said:

i'm so very proud of you, Daniel.

Posted at: July 18, 2008 11:15 PM

Daniel Mang said:

hello daniel

i was wondering, is there maybe a spanish version of your article?

(i would like a spanish/french friend of mine who's lived in latin america for some years to read your piece, and english is difficult for her)

daniel mang


Posted at: September 4, 2008 7:10 AM