City of Roses: Jessica Helen Lopez

City of Roses

In March my friend Gabriel invited me to participate in a photography show celebrating New Mexico-born women of color.

Albuquerque Pride Parade 2016

Albuquerque Pride Parade 2016

As usual, the Albuquerque Pride Parade 2016 edition was a complicated act of beauty.

ABQ Pride 2015

This year I finally swallowed my fear of nonbelonging, and attended Self Serve’s Pride parking lot cookout/parade station. Again, the camera gives me purpose. Purpose gives me peace. Peace emboldens…