An Unconventional Home

By Maria Jose De La Cruz I don’t know where I am from. I was born in a place unknown to me, People ask me where I am from, And I have to think hard. Where Am I from? Here? No. There are no papers that show the U.S. is my Home But this is not my only Home. I …

5 things that can help you relax before sleeping

By MJ De La Cruz As queer people of color we have to face constant heterosexism and racism, it is exhausing having to constantly navigate this society that does not welcome us. Many QTPOC struggle with their mental health illnesses and this can result in a lot of anxiety which makes it difficult to fall asleep or get restful sleep. …

Exploring Self-Care with QPOC: A Photo Series By Cindy Elizabeth

Self-care. This word holds so many different meanings and generates so many different feelings from people. More recently, it has become a very popular concept in mainstream media, though for some communities, it has always been a way of moving through this world. What exactly does it mean to practice self-care? Who has access and who doesn’t? How can we …

Three Ways To Be Okay With Your Body

By ena ganguly  First things first, what is your ideal relationship with your body? That will decide what expectations you have of yourself and then you can figure out how to meet them. My ideal relationship with my body is to be comfortable with my body, to be okay, to say, this is my body and I am happy, content, …

Three Ways To Navigate Relationships As Empaths

By ena ganguly I was taught to feel for others before I felt for myself, which largely impacted the ways I interacted with others. I’m not sure why, though I can guess. I was a baby, growing up around adults who would not own their own faults, misgivings and failures, and they looked to me to fill certain emotional voids. …

De Donde Soy By MJ De La Cruz

Hola todxs! My name is María José, I’m a non-binary queer who is an undocumented immigrant, a leo, loves food, and enjoys swimming. This summer I’m interning at allgo to be more involved in the queer community. This poem is a piece to introduce myself to all the people who are a part of the allgo community. I hope my …

Alex Espinoza Discusses the Politics of ‘Cruising’

Good morning Alex, thank you so much for sitting down with allgo today.  I wanted to start off by asking a little about where you come from and who you are. I was born into a working class neighborhood and was first in the family to go to college. When I was in high school I was reading a lot …

Carving Out Space: Reclaiming Art As QPOC Artists

By ena ganguly I had the opportunity to sit down with Cindy Elizabeth McDonald to discuss her work for Givens Park in collaboration with ForkLift Productions. Her work for Givens focuses on the community members who she grew up with and who share similar connections and hopes for that park and pool as a space to connect, revitalize and nurture …

Five Ways To Stay Cool In July

By ena ganguly I remember the time I traveled to a small coastal town in India. I was there to teach English to students and learn more about the obstacles people faced as they strived to maintain their livelihoods as fishermen and merchants. While there, I lived in a convent that had huge mango trees and lots of open sky. …

Five Things to Enjoy About Summer

By ena ganguly I adore the summer season. Perhaps it’s because of the annual luxurious summer vacations schools afforded me growing up, or because of the vibrant sunshine and long days that reminded me so much of my babyhood in India. During this time of year, I feel awake, active and ready to try new things. Here are some things …