52 Weeks To A Better Life Week 44: Wake UP!

“Half the people in American are faking it.” – Robert Mitchum

Harassment, Abuse, and Extortion: The Everyday Struggles of Gay Mexicans Revealed

Progress has been made, but the fight for equality for gay people living south of the border is far from over.

Meet Cassandro, Mexico’s Lucha Libre Drag Queen Superstar

Throw all of your stereotypes about wrestlers, drag queens, and gay men out the window.


Christopher Stephen Soden explores the uncertainty of queer youth–and perhaps youth in general–in this vivid poem.

Dear Rick Perry: Stop Convincing People Terrorists are Crossing the Border in Mass Numbers

Immigrants in the United States are already stigmatized enough, they do not need to be linked to the issue of terrorism.

Slice of Life: One Young Man’s Exploits As Lifeguard By Day, Butcher By Night

Soaking in the sun poolside to splitting chickens with a bandsaw–whatever it takes to study abroad.

When’s A Guy Good Enough?

A cab driver presents a rhetorical question and warns us about the dangers of higher education for men.

Best Birthday Surprise: A Brother Returns Home

Nicolas makes a surprise come-back from 19 month trip to celebrate his sister’s birthday. Beautiful.

Education Is Unmanly

The first male in his family to attempt college will often find himself pestered about his masculinity.


Joshua Peralta handles a rough character in smooth language, inviting us to draw comparisons between his “Mexican dog” and a certain kind of man.

The Most Important Guy Code. EVER.

Really dude? The bathroom’s empty, don’t stand next to me.

A Very Disturbing Phenomenon: The Rapid Increase of Unaccompanied Minors Entering the US

Reid Maki of the Child Labor Coalition: 60,000 children without adult supervision will cross over into the US border this year.

‘Music is Moral Law’

Not havin’ the day you hoped for? Here’s some joy you can’t ignore.

The Lie of Heroes: How Kerouac Almost Killed Me

By trying to follow in his literary hero’s footsteps, Jarad Dewing learned that not all heroes are what they seem.

Are Americans Spending Too Much On Weddings?

An annual study reveals what American couples spend just to get married.

Business Travel with Dad

Chuck Ross relates a father and son bonding experience at the U.S./Mexico border.