Gerard: Proud Tucsonan

Gerard. Faces of the Festival 2019. Steven Meckler photo

I am most proud to be a Tucsonan more than anything else. People think I’m Native American, but I’m really German and Hispanic. I rarely feel connected to my German side, but Hispanic culture is an everyday occurance. People speak Spanish to me when I’m out in public, and I do the sign of the cross as I pass by a Catholic church. I am involved with and proud of many nonprofits in Tucson that bring cultures together. Tucson’s cultural variety is different from Florida or Texas because here I can interact with an African American or Native American, for example, right in my backyard. 


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