Toronto Pride 2022

“To be yourself is a truly revolutionary act” and this weekend I saw revolution through my eyes. For the first time I get it, Pride is bigger than us. It’s this personal feeling that makes us feel whole, that makes us feel loved and accepted. Pride takes all the shame away and gives us the courage to shine as bright as we can with all our true colours. “We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love.”

Yes, we party during pride, and we know damn well how to party. Period. But Pride is so much more than that, it is the admiration to all the people who are not scared to be their authentic selves, is respect and gratefulness for everyone who fought before us, is that warm feeling that runs through all the veins in our bodies when we’re walking down the streets, we lock eyes with a stranger and they smile while they say: “happy pride”. This year I finally experienced the community within pride and I’m proud to say that my community is the most beautiful one that exists. Without knowing each other, we accept one another. We don’t care, we don’t judge, we only have love!

Thank you Toronto for this beautiful experience.
Thanks to all the allies out there, you are more important than you know.
To who’s questioning, there’s nothing wrong with you and we’re waiting for you.
To my people, let’s keep fighting for what we deserve, never forget how powerful we are because we survived, and we’re finally free.

Cassidy, mi pavito

This may be one of the hardest things I’ve ever written.

I met Cass on September of 2011. We were in 10th grade together, living in the same school, in a small town called Whitby in Ontario, Canada.

She used to live far from the school so she would stay with the boarding girls and go back home for the weekends. She was three rooms next to mine and we would always sit in front of her door, underneath a painting, and we would just talk before having to go to our rooms. Before we knew it, we were best friends.

We started sitting next to each other in every class we had together. During study hall we would get in trouble because I would make her laugh, with videos of babies falling. Some mornings I had to wake her up so she wouldn’t be late to sign in. After dinner we would walk through the school, watch a movie, or just talk. And that was every day for a whole year.

Halloween has always been my favourite day of the year. That year our hall tried making a haunting house because we had an empty room. Cass and I were in charge of screaming, we were hiding behind the bed. Her scream was so cute/pathetic I just burst out laughing. She got mad, she always got mad at me, and soon enough we were both crying in laughter. That day was the day our nicknames came to be; pavito and cochinito. Just because of the way we laughed. Soon we forgot that we had to scare the girls coming in and we just started talking. We both opened up to each other like we hadn’t done it with anyone else. It was truly an “oh wow moment” for both of us. Halloween now had a special place in my heart. We knew we had each other for life.

The year ended and I went back to Mexico. I won’t say that we talked like we used to when I came back, because we didn’t. We started to drift apart through the years. We always said happy birthday, and happy new year every single year. But thank God, when the pandemic took off, we started talking again, we had to catch up and we did. We became close again and it felt like if we never stopped talking. We were both so excited to see each other, but now, I’ll have to wait a little longer to see her again.

Thanks pavito for all the memories we created, and for all the support and love I received from you, I will cherish them for life.

I love you and miss you so much.

I hope you are where you wanna be.

Rest In Power.