Julio Buys a Skirt by Joshua Castro

Julio stared at the package he held in his hands with trepidation.

It was a postal box: medium sized; mostly white with red lining at the top and bottom and printed with blue lettering. A sticker with his name and address had been slapped onto the center of it. The return address indicated the parcel’s origin as European.

He had been anticipating its arrival for almost two weeks. But now that it was finally here in his home, all he could do was to stare at it with a sense of dread. He stood still for ten minutes before finally deciding to open it. He ripped the seal and poured out the contents. Out slid a piece of clothing nicely wrapped in plastic. A sticker on it indicated a waist size of thirty-eight. Julio laid out the item of his possession onto his bed.

“I can’t believe I actually bought this,” he groaned silently to himself. It was a decision he’d been struggling with for a couple of weeks. You see, Julio Flores had decided to buy himself a skirt.

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Jonathan Menendez is a digital media entrepeneur/producer that focuses his work on the empowerment of marginalized communities through emergent media, specifically trans-queer people of color. His projects include the production of a documentary on gay Latino culture in L.A., the founding and creative development of xQsi Magazine and Qulture. He founded the Latin@ Queer Arts and Film Festival that is a collaboration with the LA LGBT Center. He has shared his work as a panelist at The Queer Media Conference, The People of Color Film Festival: FUSION and the the Queer Students of Color Conferences. He has worked as a consultant for AIDS Project Los Angeles/UCSF under the department of research with George Ayala to ensure a diverse sample of Latino recruits for a study. He just completed his graduate degree with an emphasis on Digital Art and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz where he also served as a teaching assistant for two years.

One thought on “Julio Buys a Skirt by Joshua Castro

  • January 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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    Wow. I really appreciate having my story featured on Qulture. Thanks a lot!

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