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In the Shadows of the Freeway: Growing Up Brown & Queer:

In the Shadows of the Freeway: Growing Up Brown & Queer:

by Lydia R. Otero


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Born in 1955, Lydia R. Otero knew they were queer the moment their consciousness had evolved enough to formulate thoughts. Nicknamed La Butch by their family, Otero shares a unique perspective: displaced by their queerness, but rooted in place through their relationship with Tucson, Arizona. In this book, which combines personal memoir and the historical archive, Otero takes readers to a world that existed on the physical and social margins and describes how a new freeway created a barrier that greatly influenced formative aspects of Otero's childhood. The author examines the multiple effects of environmental racism, while the lack of services and low expectations of the schools Otero attended are further examples of the discrimination directed at brown people. This book offers more self-disclosure than Otero's previous works, as the author's memories and experiences of childhood take center stage. Otero reveals the day-to-day survival mechanisms they depended upon, the exhilaration of first love, and the support they received from key family members

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ISBN-13: 9781734118001
Publisher: Planet Earth Press
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 615,791
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

In 2019, Arizona's César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition awarded to Lydia R. Otero the Dolores Huerta Legacy Award for their activism and scholarship focusing on bringing awareness to Mexican American and local history. Being born and raised in Tucson with deep family roots on both sides of the Arizona-Sonora border inspired the author's interest in regional history. In 2011, the Border Regional Library Association presented a Southwest Book Award to Otero for La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City. The author is currently a tenured professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona.

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