Hello! I’m Yvonne S. Marquez.
I’m a queer Tejana — a Texan of Mexican descent. I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, a region along the Texas-Mexico border, and have only ever lived in Texas. It’s my home. I’m also queer and identify as a lesbian. These identities are integral to my world view and my writing.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. My interests in journalism began in high school when I started competing in academic journalism competitions and wrote for the school newspaper. I majored in magazine journalism at UT Austin and worked for The Daily Texan. In college, I sought out LGBTQ stories as a way to make sense of myself and ultimately, it gave me the courage to come out. My first job post-graduation was at a local gay and lesbian magazine where I profiled gay business men and women, families, and leaders in the community. Ever since then, I’ve been dedicated to reporting on issues impacting queer and trans communities.
What can I expect from Queer Tejas?
Once you sign-up, each newsletter will be sent directly to your inbox. There will be a new Queer Tejas every other Wednesday. I will alternate between personal essays, link roundups with reflections and political analysis relevant to gay-ass Texan interests, and Q&As with queer and trans Texans who are doing amazing work.
Why This Newsletter?
It’s been a minute since writing felt like it was mine. Up until recently, I wrote for a trade publication and I felt disconnected from what I was producing. Frankly, I’m starting this newsletter because I want to write whatever the fuck I want. I feel constrained by the fleetingness of social media and the pressure to digest and process the fast-paced news cycle in real time. I have something to say but, before you know it, it’s on to the next thing. Writing is the way I understand the world around me, so I hope my newsletter will offer me the space to think and reflect.
My newsletter will focus on LGBTQ issues, queer culture, reproductive rights, immigration, border communities, Latine ~identity~, movement journalism and more. I hope you are as excited about this newsletter as I am.
Stay tuned and subscribe! Thanks for reading.