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BJacob Reyes

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Sebastian knew at a young age he didn’t fit in with his traditionally conservative catholic family. At school, he was teased for his feminine and androgynous approach to fashion and music. He loved Madonna and found solace in American pop culture and embraced the “Martian Boy” nickname he received from his classmates.

Yet as an artist with a passion for fashion and music, Sebastian didn’t initially have the support of his family who saw his queer identity as a sin, a life that would lead to promiscuity, drugs and unfulfillment.

But through his creations, the former little brown boy isn’t holding back. He’s embracing the feminine fashion and the peace of self-acceptance. In one painting, the subject is in a tub, surrounded by the items defined by his life. And he’s at peace.

To read full Article Behind Our Brown Eyes: An Interpretation of Latin and Queer Art - GLAAD