Queer Xicano Chisme speaks on campus
Social justice activist and critic Ruben Angel spoke about his past, advocacy in LGBT+ and Chicanx communities, his work, trauma and healing on Thursday, Oct 19.
Angel, known on social media as Queer Xicano Chisme, spoke to a crowd of about 40 people in Miller Hall. The event was put on by the Womxn’s Identity Center, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Ethnic Student Center.
Angel, who identifies as a non-binary femme Chicanx, blended humor and serious discussion in his commentary.
This was what attracted sophomore Zoe Peterson, a Womxn’s Center peer advisor, to the event.
“I knew he was going to be funny, but I also knew he was going to touch on bigger, deeper topics and I was excited to see how that comedic flair he has on his Instagram would translate to real life.”
Questions during the second section of the event ranged from his use of social media to disability inclusion. One question from the audience that stuck out to Angel was about whether consciousness can lead to healing.
“That’s something that I hadn’t thought about in those terms before,” Angel said.
“Maybe I had processed it in some way, but not until now, I realized how coming into consciousness can be a lot. It can be really overwhelming,” Angel said. “Sometimes, it doesn’t seem like healing, it seems like opening your eyes to all the hurt in the world. I hope what people took away from that is that coming into consciousness can be scary, but if you have community and if you are committed to learning then it can also be really healing.”
Senior Elizabeth Perez Garcia, Womxn’s Identity Resource Center assistant coordinator for events, said Angel’s discussion on stopping to let yourself heal was a good reminder for her.
“It’s really easy to forget there is space for healing, there is space for community, there is space for love,” Garcia said. “I think really grounding ourselves back in the community is very necessary, because those are the people who ground you the most. You are there for them, they’re there for you.”