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Queer as Burque

An ABQ Pride photo essay

By M. Brianna Stallings [ Sat Jun 29 2013 5:17 PM ]

This is Chris Wright, an attendee at this year's ABQ Pride Fest. To quote my mother, Chris seemed both pretty on the outside & on the inside. His fierce outfit attracted a lot of attention, including the admiration of two small girls. I watched as the young ladies (who were also dressed in their Pride finest) earned smiles & high-fives from this young man. To me, he was everything that Pride should be - vibrant, unique, kind, and inclusive. That's why I titled his photo "Chris Wright is Beautiful."
M. Brianna Stallings
This is Chris Wright, an attendee at this year's ABQ Pride Fest. To quote my mother, Chris seemed both pretty on the outside & on the inside. His fierce outfit attracted a lot of attention, including the admiration of two small girls. I watched as the young ladies (who were also dressed in their Pride finest) earned smiles & high-fives from this young man. To me, he was everything that Pride should be - vibrant, unique, kind, and inclusive. That's why I titled his photo "Chris Wright is Beautiful."

Lookee there! It's Austin Benedict, one of three folks featured on the Pride cover of this week's edition. Managing editor Samantha Anne Carrillo looks on. Read the cover story, "Pride and Perspective" here.
M. Brianna Stallings
Lookee there! It's Austin Benedict, one of three folks featured on the Pride cover of this week's edition. Managing editor Samantha Anne Carrillo looks on. Read the cover story, "Pride and Perspective" here.
Representin' at ABQ Pride Fest, Expo New Mexico. With Mark Lopez.
Samantha Anne Carrillo
Representin' at ABQ Pride Fest, Expo New Mexico. With Mark Lopez.
Copy editor/staff writer Mark Lopez and managing editor/music editor Samantha Anne Carrillo ham it up at the Alibi table.
M. Brianna Stallings
Copy editor/staff writer Mark Lopez and managing editor/music editor Samantha Anne Carrillo ham it up at the Alibi table.
A nice man with a camera gives a T-shirt shout-out to '90s queercore band Pansy Division.
M. Brianna Stallings
A nice man with a camera gives a T-shirt shout-out to '90s queercore band Pansy Division.
Why hello, Kitty Koryn. Nice tail!
M. Brianna Stallings
Why hello, Kitty Koryn. Nice tail!
LGBTohmeohmy!
M. Brianna Stallings
LGBTohmeohmy!
A proud American woman (cue the Guess Who) goes all out with the rainbow body paint.
M. Brianna Stallings
A proud American woman (cue the Guess Who) goes all out with the rainbow body paint.
This young lass is clearly, queerly fab-u-lous.
M. Brianna Stallings
This young lass is clearly, queerly fab-u-lous.
This is Richard. Richard knows his bears.
M. Brianna Stallings
This is Richard. Richard knows his bears.