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 …

Spring Into Wellness!

By Bryan Garcia (he/him) Spring is here! I think we can all agree that a change of weather was long overdue and very much appreciated. I love the colder weather, but am looking forward to this new season. Spring is known to be a time when it is neither cold nor hot but instead pleasant weather and days that grow …

Haikus for Healing

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