Reflecting Back & Looking Forward in Community

By Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) As we close out 2021, I would like to invite you to take a moment to look back on the past year. So many wonderful memories and connections were made through allgo’s virtual and in-person gatherings. I appreciate how allgo aims to provide programming that meets our communities’ needs and desires as well as offer opportunities …

Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos

By Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) It’s evening time. I walk into a room with a table that has been transformed into an altar and what do I see? I see a space where the living and the dead can connect and offer love to one another and it reminds me how it is never too late to do this with a …

allgo presents a virtual screening of “Salir del Clóset: Queer Trauma/Queer Love”

By Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) “Salir del Clóset: Queer Trauma/Queer Love” follows the story of Jessica Peña, Jesús Valles, César I. ÁLvarez and M. Yoalli Rodríguez as they invite us to take an intimate look at their unique coming out experiences. This powerful adventure in storytelling that director siri gurudev takes us on will leave many with their hearts resonating and …

Stress and Our Relationship with Our Bodies

By Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) How have you been feeling lately? When was the last time you checked in with yourself to ask how you were doing both emotionally and physically? What did you notice? Perhaps a yearning for something in particular? With Austin being back in Stage 5, this might be the perfect time to consider taking inventory of your …

Some Thoughts on Community Care

By Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) We have all heard about self-care and its importance at one point or another in our lives. It is typically regarded as a wonderful and necessary tool that everyone can consider incorporating in their lives in some shape or form. There are many different ways that it can look since no one person’s needs are exactly …

Pride: No One Way to Celebrate

By Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) Austin Pride is upon us. As queer people of color communities, we clearly belong at the table but are rarely welcomed into the room. Over the decades, Pride has been co-opted and become a corporate, white, commercial, cis event. The rainbow-colored police vehicles don’t help make the event more of a comfortable experience either. And while …

“Are You Coming Out?”

By Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) People are gathering. Places are opening back up. Things are moving and folx are resuming many of the activities that they did before the pandemic. Now what? What’s next? This reality has people feeling several different ways, including anxious and/or excited. We all have questions – that’s good. How are you feeling and how has this …

THE PRACTICE OF PLEASURE for QUEER BIPOC’S

By Shay Youngblood Pleasure is an experience that feels good to you. Many activities can give us pleasure: eating, seeing art or a beautiful sunrise, listening to music, dancing, gardening, reading a good book, making love. Pleasure is associated with happiness and feelings of contentment and well-being. We all want that. Can I get a witness? Some of what gives …

The Healing Power of Art

By Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) We are so fortunate to be part of a vibrant community with a rich history of cultural arts that has long encouraged us to find creative ways to bring our innate gifts and abilities into different areas of our lives. Many of our community members bring skills and talents like dance, visual arts, and creative writing …