Undocumented Times / Queer Yearnings Resources

undocumented times / queer yearnings

May 25–October 6, 2024

Curated By M. Liliana Ramirez

OMA believes that context for any exhibition is important. Here are some sample resources and research recommendations that can enrich your exploration of the Undocumented Times / Queer Yearnings exhibition.


National Coalition Against Censorship 

North County LGBTQ Resource Center


  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Performance-Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS), the manual that ICE created for detention standards across the country.
  • Immigration Advocates Network Nonprofit
  • Migration Policy Institute
  • We Are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life
  • Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings
  • Definitions of LGBTQIA+ acronym (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and other underrepresented identities).
  • Definitions of words, such as nonbinary, gender fluidity, or genderqueer
  • The differences between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • Neutral language, family inclusive language, and pronouns 
  • LAMBDA Archives of San Diego
  • Coming out vs. being outed
  • The failed Briggs Initiative, officially California Proposition 6, in 1978
  • The failed California Proposition 64, in 1986
  • HIV AIDS timeline and epidemic


Above: Alexa Vasquez, Herencia, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24".

Alexa Vasquez is a trans woman of color and child migrant from the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in painting, writing, and fashion. Her work is autobiographical, poetic and political and her visual artworks are inspired by Oaxaca, by the experience of a migrant longing to make it back home. Her writings are memories of growing up in an immigrant household, leaving home, transitioning, and exploring trans womanhood. 


Saturday, June 8, 2024, 5:00-7:00pm

Reserve your tickets to celebrate with us on 

(Members free, Visitors $15)



Thursday, July 25, 2024, 6:00-7:30pm

Reserve your tickets for the next installment of OMA's conversation series that brings community leaders together with artists and curators to discuss current affairs which impact the health and well being of our region now and in the future.

($15 Visitors, $10 Members, $5 Artist Alliance / Students)

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