W. Brandon Lacy Campos

January 2000


It must be down home month at Oasis Magazine. Today, as I was sitting idly in my dorm room at the University of Puerto Rico, eating an appetizing meal of tuna and angel hair pasta, I was struck by a case of nostalgia, and I began to think back on my time as an organizer. I began to reminisce about the experiences that I have had that have shaped me as a person and as a queer activist, and with the Web sitting open in front of me, I couldn't help but think of Oasis.

Life has led me a strange and wandering path since I first began writing for Oasis some four years ago as a freshman at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. Since then, I have chaired a national queer student organization, transferred universities, gone to more conferences than I can remember, had numerous relations (read serial monogamy), and now I am studying on exchange at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. I just turned 22 in August, and in all legal senses, I am an adult. But, a youth I contend I am, and a youth, I shall stay for some time.

I just finished writing an article for Siren Magazine, a periodical from Minneapolis, about youth and the cultural construction of youth. The way youth are viewed here in Puerto Rico is a long haul from the marginalization that youth suffer in main-stream, and queer-stream, U.S. culture. And my experiences here as a youth have changed my idea and outlook on the terminology and the experience of youth, again reinstating my youth pride and desire to embrace my youthfulness. And, since being here, I have begun to think on how we, as queer youth, can continue changing US and world views on youth, and a thought came to my mind: Oasis.

And, so here I am again, rambling in Oasis as I did long ago. I can't even remember the last time that I submitted an article to Oasis. Maybe that is a sign of my youthfulness disappearing, forgetfulness. And, so I am taking this space to say that the Youth Revolution continues, our manifesto of cooperation, progression, and vitality continues, and as I approach new paths in life, and as I continue to grow, I am comforted to know that Oasis is still here and growing along with us.

W. Brandon Lacy Campos


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