This is the Winter 2018 course discussion blog for and by UCLA students enrolled in LGBTQ Studies 183: Queer Arts in LA.
This course includes a creative component. When this course was first offered during the Fall 2012 quarter, the students researched queer artists who have a significant connection to Los Angeles. Then created a collaborative website.
My name is Adriana Alvarez. I am a 4th-year Chicana/Chicano Studies Major and LGBT Studies Minor. I was born in Jalisco, Mexico and came to the U.S. when I was 8 years old. I have four brothers and fpru sisters, and I am a first-generation student. My original photograph was taken at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I was 17 years old at the time, and a high school Senior. I selected this photograph because it was the only one I could find of my whole face. I rarely take photos of myself, which explains why it was somewhat difficult to find a good one. The image I selected for the background is a picture of the Virgen de Guadalupe, and the word I chose is "shy". I love the Virgen because it is an image I grew up with, which means that it means more than just the religion I grew up with. It makes me remember my childhood and how my mother would pray to her all the time. I have also come to learn more about her and what she represents, which have made me admire her more. As for the word, I chose "shy" because that's usually the word people who know me use to describe me. I do consider myself shy at times, so I just thought it was the best word I could choose.