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By Tanya Sotelo
This issue's theme Advocacy was a bit harder for me than anticipated. It turns out I wasn’t the only one struggling. When talking to Kiwi (Fox’s big sister, and no that is not her real name, but the nickname agreed upon by her and her brother) we were both at a loss for what she could do for her submission for the zine. I asked her a few questions of times she felt she had to advocate for her brother at home or out in public and thankfully we could not find a single instance of when she had to stand up for him due to mistreatment or ignorance from the others. Save for one incident in a restaurant last year that I handled. Fortunately, there was no big brouhaha it was a few seconds and then we just went about or day.
We discussed the future and what we could do to support Fox when he needed it. Fox has a very strong character and he does not have an issue telling people no or refusing to do things he does not want to do so she doesn’t feel she ever needs to speak on his behalf. A lightbulb went off in my head. I told her my idea and she was as enthusiastic as a 15 year old given an extra assignment would be. I kid she was on board with the idea. Without giving the whole thing away let’s just say it is centered around the idea that sometimes advocating for others is to allow them to speak for themselves whether it be verbally or in any chosen medium.
Image by Adolfo Reyes, Aurtistic Zine's Art Director
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