the model minority candidate for mayor of New York represents the status quo
If I’ve learned anything this past year, living in a somewhat unstable foreign country during a vicious global pandemic, it’s to trust my survival instinct: Stock up on rice and beans, make sure my bills are paid, check in with family and friends, and stay away from vaccines that sound like Captain Beefheart album titles.
"Your pictures rob her of dignity," someone white says, because to them there is no dignity in aging, and especially not in dying. To me, dignity is nearly all Maurie Jo has left.
"I’d expected something more existential or philosophical to help with my grief — like really good art or therapy. Instead, repetitive movements and cheesy motivational sayings were getting me to a place of semi-emotional stability. After working out, I felt like I could get through the day."
The point of Ramadan is the struggle
When does the joy come?
In the midst of a global pandemic, there were no rooms at LA's sleaziest inn.
"We were the majority. For the first time in all our lives. A trans majority."
The sun was shining. Bees hummed about the lavender bushes.