Derrick Lemos, Xicano comedian and man of size is currently in the process of “peeling back the layers” of his own identity. He has been finding joy in discovering his Indigenous identity and describes his process as well as his identity as a Xicano person. Derrick discusses the concepts of decolonizing as a Mexican American person and the challenges that come with being Mexican American and being accepted. Derrick talks about Latin American Nationalism being a big component of this complex identity.
After that, Derrick talks about his own body image, his own struggles and opening up conversations and spaces for male identifying people in hetero and queer spaces to discuss bigness, fatness and body image - a discussion that seems to be very needed. Derrick discusses how this is all linked to supremacy, stigmas within the fat community. Derrick unveils many of the insecurities that cis men are experiencing about their bodies that cis women do not understand. So much of this falls under the umbrella of masculinity. Jana and Derrick dig into therapy, capitalism, gun ownership and becoming extremely paranoid about the “end times.”
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