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CharlottePride MAGAZINE queer city Photographer Nelson Morales explores Charlotte’s LGBTQ community through compassionate lens by Charlotte is Creative Taking the stage to share his story with 350 Charlotteans, photographer Nelson Morales didn’t know if his family was alive or dead. Just hours earlier, a massive earthquake activated near his native home in Oaxaca, Mexico. Nevertheless, Morales took the stage and spoke of his evolution as a photographer which started as curiosity, and has resulted in a very intimate and compassionate relationship with a community within Oaxaca – the muxe (pronounced “moo-shay”), who are recognized as a third gender. “A muxe is a homosexual who adopts female roles and is accepted by society,” said Morales. “He dresses as a woman, acts as a woman and people say that it is a blessing for the parents since when they grow old, a muxe will stay at home to take care of them.” Morales was introduced to the muxe when a friend invited him to a group of muxes who were participating in a beauty contest. When reviewing his photographs, Morales found a true connection and compassion for his subjects. He dove into their community and continued chronicling their lives, which fluctuated between exuberant flamboyance and loneliness. Soon, he found that not everyone shared his passion for the muxe. continued on page 51 >>> 48