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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