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“Erick was always there: I am transgender, not transsexual, and I like guys, whether biological or not. Boys are for me! I am clear I don’t want to get hormones, only psychological therapy. Deep down, the gender issue is not important for me. I am Erick, the person, and all I want is my new birth certificate to say Little Erick”. These are the categorical words of a young man who is emblematic of the new diversity generations. He created Original Drag King Mexico, which organizes performances and workshops for those who wish to “exaggerate, mock or ridicule the male stereotype or role”. Erick is in a crucial moment of his life. He left his job in an import and export firm, which he adored and misses, because they knew him there and treated him according to his prior identity: “I felt my head was going to explode, so I quit.” He temporarily abandoned his studies in International Trade and works grueling hours as a waiter to pay for the change of his birth certificate, but will somewhat protect him of the unemployment by transphobia: "employers don’t understand one works with one’s head and not one’s genitals.” Erick’s courage and optimism are as surprising as his fine sense of humor even when detailing the discrimination inflicted upon him by male transgenders themselves who don’t understand his gay option. Erick will undoubtedly achieve what he wants.
In the Beyond Gender photo essay.
Also by Rogelio Pereda
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