Wednesday, November 14, 2012
This clip is a skit titled “Double dyke familia,” written and performed by Monica Palacios on Septermber 28th, 2002 at Highways Performance.
In this skit, Palacios shares what it is like to be in a family where she and one of her older sisters are lesbians. She lets the audience know that even though it seems like it is easier to have a queer sister, the reality is a lot more complicated than in seems. I think that through her comedy, we are able to congregate and make fun of the silly things our family must think of us and horrible things we have to go through with in our homophobic Latino families.
She makes fun of the awkward first stages of a family accepting a queer child, wishing every holiday, that “they bring home men to dinner”. She also talks about the homophobia experienced within the extended Latino family, like when relatives do not encourage their daughters to say hello to her “because they think she will hypnotize them, in other words, her queerness will rub off by speaking to her as if it were an ill born disease. God forbid they would want to become a typical lesbian by becoming vegetarian. I appreciate this type of humor, it not only reminds us of our struggle, it also helps to laugh at it. For those who are not queer and perhaps ally’s it gives an insight at the struggles queer Latinas have to face in a Latino family.