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“Why am I compelled to write?… Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger… To become more intimate with myself and you. To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispell the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit… Finally I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing.”
—Gloria Anzaldúa, “Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers.”

“Why am I compelled to write?… Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger… To become more intimate with myself and you. To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispell the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit… Finally I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing.”


—Gloria Anzaldúa, 
“Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers.”

Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004)
feminista, escritora, chicana, lesbiana, luchadora, humana compleja (feminist, writer, chicana, lesbian, fighter, complex human).
I miss her.  We miss her. Thank you for the vision you shared. Gracias por la visión que compartió con nosotros.

Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004)

feminista, escritora, chicana, lesbiana, luchadora, humana compleja (feminist, writer, chicana, lesbian, fighter, complex human).

I miss her.  We miss her. Thank you for the vision you shared. Gracias por la visión que compartió con nosotros.

Colored homosexuals have more knowledge of other cultures; have always been at the forefront (although sometimes in the closet) of all liberation struggles in this country; have suffered more injustices and have survived them despite all odds. Chicanos need to acknowledge the political and artistic contributions of their queer. People listen to what your jotería is saying.
Gloria Anzaldúa in Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987)