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Ismael Perez is an editorial board member at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Life lessons my brave gay uncle taught me

When Tito died last weekend surrounded by his sisters and my dad, I couldn’t help but reflect on how much of a mystery he was to a Mexican gay kid like me.

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We love our abuelas, but favoring those of us with lighter skin is not OK

Skin color bias, offered as a compliment, is a custom that goes back generations in Black and Brown communities. But there’s an unsettling undercurrent, of course. It can feel like a measure of how much you are — or can be — loved.

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Some goof Downstate called me ‘illegal,’ but Pilsen wrapped me up in a hug

My insecurities washed away as I discovered my new neighborhood. One small hint after another told me Chicago was home.

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120 pounds down: A summer body five years in the making

If a certain pant size can be a goal, a state of mind can be one, too.

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Living with an addict during the pandemic

I don’t know if it was the stress of the pandemic or his alcoholism wanting more from him, but my dad had been drunk for months.

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Columna: Mis padres huyeron de agentes de inmigración, pero mi hermanito quiere ser uno

Me di cuenta de que mis hermanos y yo habíamos vivido diferentes experiencias, lo cual podría explicar en parte por qué no veíamos las cosas de la misma manera.

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My parents ran from Border Patrol agents. My brother wanted to be one

We are privileged middle-class Mexicans. But there’s something that always brings us back to a subject we can never get away from — immigration.

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COLUMNA: Lo que hizo a este reportero salir a votar por primera vez

Votantes de primera generación a veces necesitan ser empujados patrióticamente a participar en la democracia de su país.

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Why this non-voting Latino reporter finally got to the ballot box this year

First-generation voters sometimes need a patriotic push for them to participate in democracy.

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COLUMNA: Soy americano de segunda generación, pero mi herencia mexicana define quién soy

Ismael Pérez y otros dos latinos de ascendencia mexicana explican qué los hizo elegir una específica identidad latina.