Cover Photo: A reporter wearing red lipstick, turned away from the photographer's camera, looking into what might be a news camera. She's holding a microphone with the Telemundo and NBC logos on each side.
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What I Learned about Queerness and Latinidad While Working at Telemundo

We were two stereotypes—the sassy gay best friend, and the hyper-sexualized reporter—working at a place that highlighted our biggest insecurities.

This is Werk., a monthly column from Edgar Gomez on what he’s learned about queerness and identity while navigating the US workforce.

The day I found out I’d been chosen as the newest production intern at the local Telemundo news station in Orlando, no one was more excited—or confused—than my mom.


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Edgar Gomez (he/she/they) is a Florida-born writer with roots in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. A graduate of University of California, Riverside’s MFA program, he is a recipient of the 2019 Marcia McQuern Award for nonfiction. His words have appeared in Poets & Writers, Narratively, Catapult, Lithub, The Rumpus, Electric Lit, Plus Magazine, and elsewhere online and in print. His memoir, High-Risk Homosexual, was named a Best LGBTQ Book by Harper’s Bazaar. He lives in New York and Puerto Rico. Find him on Twitter @OtroEdgarGomez.