The Hispanic/Latin community is riddled with traditions and values that have been systematically set up to follow the norm that influences much of American culture today. Some of these traditions become problematic when they enforce certain norms that are detrimental to a community within the Hispanic/Latin culture. One of these systematic norms I examine closely is Adrienne Rich’s theory of compulsory heterosexuality as it influences those within the Hispanic/Latin community. While her original theory was developed to look at the lesbian existence as it resides in feminist literature, I use it to examine how it is used as an erasure to queer Latinx people. I also look at how the concepts of intersectional identities and Gloria Anzaldua’s theory of the mestiza affect the way heterosexuality and the LGBTQ+ community are affected. I focus on the overlapping of the LGBTQ+ and Hispanic/Latin communities as they push the boundaries of what is considered the norm in their cultures.
Matthew D'Almeida, WCU Student Volunteer
Ms. Rebecca Mejia, Senior Creative Writing major at Slippery Rock University
Rebecca Mejia is a senior creative writing major with minors in Spanish and communications. She is the president of the Student Organization of Latinos/Hispanics and Allies and a member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and the Gender Studies Club.