No Labelz Necessary:
Out Ní About in Watsonville
Aiite, so letís skip the political correctness ní get
down to business. Whatís really the skinny on being
gay, Latino, and living in Watsonville?
For me, itís more than my sexual orientation. Iím
actually writing thiz because I know a lot of people
look up to me and they want their voices to be heard.
Letís see if I can speak for them.
Personally, my outlook on the gay community as a whole
is that itíz too much drama! Itís like High School
cheerleaders with all the backstabbing, cheating, and
intrigue. Itís worse because weíre men and we want it
our way or no way at all.
Iím more than just a gay kid. I define myself as a
leader striving for success. If anything I thrive on
success; being on top and making a difference really
gets me going. All the stereotypes you see on TV like
Will & Grace or Queer As Folk are common but not
completely true like most stereotypes. Letís face it,
not all Mexicans are greasy, lazy field workers and
not all gay people are dramatic and feminine. Gay
people are just like you, trying to make the best of
their lives. They donít all fit into a narrow
Growing up here and being a gay kid has been an
interesting experience. Some of my closest friends in
Watsonville claim they knew I was gay before I did.
A lot of people ask me if Iíve had to deal with fights
or bullies ní stuff but you know what, I really
havenít. Iíve been lucky to have a group of friends
who back me up:
Like freshman year at WHS, people were always trippiní
on me and all that but Big Drew ní all the guyz were
always there to cool people off ní tell them to give
me a chance. Thatís a lot Ďcuz people started
respecting me more and wanted to get to know me.
I think Iíve also done a lot on my part to stay out of
trouble. I try to meet people a lot and get involved
at school. Iíve done it all, from fashion shows, to
the MATA Club, even the Sierra Katz at WHS.
For those of you who identify yourselves as gay,
lesbian, bisexual, questioning, just curious,
exploring, or whatever, and you feel lost or left out,
I recommend you get involved. Join the clubs, sports
or activities at school. People are more accepting
than you think they are. Trust me. You canít expect to
make friends and fit in without trying.
And for those of you on the other side, you know,
the Ďnormalí onez or whatever, then try to educate
yourself. Be open-minded enough to meet new people and
be accepting of their differences. When you go out
into the real world youíre going to meet many
different people, and if you stay open to whatever is
out there, then you can be ready to handle anything.
And for yíall who made my experience here so much fun:
Thankz for all those good timez. Party on ní stay upÖ