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Melissa Hidalgo

Melissa Hidalgo

Melissa Mora Hidalgo holds a Ph.D. in Literature and teaches classes in Chicana/o studies and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at CSU Long Beach and CSU Fullerton. Hidalgo is the author of Mozlandia: "Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands" (Headpress, 2016) and recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Hidalgo's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Gay Magazine, Boom California, and KCET.org. She is also a senior culture writer for the James Beard Award-winning site, L.A. Taco. A native of the San Gabriel Valley, Hidalgo was born in Montebello and lives in Whittier. 

Melissa Hidalgo
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Artbound

Like Queer Church on Sundays: Ozz Supper Club Gave Young LGBTQ a Place to Belong

If you remember Ozz Supper Club — popularly known as Ozz — in Buena Park, California, you remember a magical time of budding queerness and mutual bonding at the gay club near Knotts.
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Artbound

How Mustache Mondays Built an Inclusive Queer Nightlife Scene and Influenced the Arts in L.A.

The cultural impact of Mustache Mondays, a weekly event held at nightclubs throughout downtown, continues to reverberate through the worlds of fashion, photography, performance art, visual art, music and choreography in Los Angeles and beyond.
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Outfest LA Celebrates Nearly Forty Years of LGBTQ+ Cinema

Outfest strives to tell queer L.A. stories in all of their localized specificity, complex diversity and transnational reach in an era of pandemic isolation.
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Artbound

Gente from La Puente: Underground Punk Icon Kid Congo Powers Still Rocks

Kid Congo Powers is a Brown, queer, underground punk glam rock guitar legend who grew up in the East L.A. suburb of La Puente, California. His work over decades with worldwide bands places him firmly in the L.A. and international punk music scene. He returns to the spotlight with a new album, video and even a line of eyewear.
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Southland Sessions

Tongva to Zumba: New Book Celebrates Radical History of El Monte

A new collection of essays builds an archive of radical, transnational and multiracial people in greater El Monte.
Departures

Making Progress in South El Monte with Local Craft Beer

Progress Brewing is a welcome haven for local craft beer lovers and Bud lifers alike in the San Gabriel Valley.
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