I identify as transgender and can relate to Guerrero's sense of discomfort in trying to create a queer zone of comfort while including my family. Like Dan's dad did, my parents have verbally accepted certain aspects of my queerness, but their process of decolonizing their minds and my process of deconstructing my internalized homophobia can seem overwhelmingly extensive at times. I am super grateful that my family is trying, though. I can also relate to Dan having to leave his home and home-town in order to grow comfortable in his identity. I don't know how long it would have taken for me to explore my sexual and even question my gender identity had I remained in my parents' house.
It was refreshing to be reading about Dan's coming-out story because it was his way of passing on the feeling of solidarity that he experienced seeing Zoot Suit and knowing his voice mattered and was beneficial for folxs to hear. I loved seeing that through the telling of our stories, by giving voice to our struggle, we create solidarity and community because those in our audience can relate and know the struggle is a cross that we all bear juntos.