Embracing the Liminal: Exploring the Intersection of Latinx and Trans Identities

Rudy Ramirez

“Embracing the Liminal: Exploring the Intersection of Latinx and Trans Identities”
 
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My grandfather’s name was also Rudy. He passed away a few years ago, and while it devastated my mother — the eldest of five siblings — I truthfully never felt like I knew him very well. 
 
One fascinating thing I learned about him after he died, however, was that he and his family moved to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico after living in the area for generations. 
 
Intrigued, I began some light research and came across a small town in Oaxaca called Juchitán. This city is not only home to a number of communities of Indigenous Zapotec people, but also to a generous population of Muxes (pronounced "moo-shez"). 
 
Muxes are individuals assigned male at birth who either dress, behave, and live as women, or exist in the space between (and even outside of) the binary poles of man and woman — the liminal space. 
 
When viewed through a modern Western lens, one ...

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