This is the Winter 2017 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.
Monica Palacios is a self identified
queer Chicana from San Jose who studied at California State University of Chico
and now lives in Los Angeles. Palacios has been performing for thirty years as
a stand up comedian and is officially the first Chicana lesbian in comedy. She
writes her skits to purposely give visibility to the complexity of being a
queer Chicana/o, Latina/o especially because these types of characters are
never visible in mainstream media or theatre. She has written many screen plays
and her most recent screenplay is Memoory Is In Your Heart that is a comedic
drama about relationships, aging among other real topics.
I chose her because I love comedy and I
had never seen a queer Chicana comedian. I attended her most recent show “
Queer Chicana Soul” at Highways in Los Angeles. I enjoyed her, it was
hilarious; there were many things she referenced that I actually understood and
others that I could relate to. I walked out feeling good about being a queer
Latina, she mixes the Spanish and English in her skits but also sings in both! She
tends to queer the lyrics to something fitting for a queer Chicana/ Latina. Check