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07/22/21


PAUSE

I look forward to August very much. LENITA gets a summer break, as the fading of the summer season urges the rush of all hot activities to fruition. It’s also the month where my twin brother and I make another full circle around the sun. And this year, my twin nephews Benjamin and Blake will be completing their first — life at full circle.

This beautiful cycle, although sometimes rigid, can shape its occurrences. One can find themselves cutting the cake yet again and asking themselves where did the time go? Has anything changed or gotten accomplished, or have I stood still for an entire year? Literally speaking, we all recently watched life come to a pause against our will; with many lessons learned, habits changed and hopefully a new grace with stillness.

One of the lessons I've learned is the power of pausing. To realize that your to do list must include time with your loved ones, a book, or simply yourself. I have to admit that chasing success is exhausting, that running a business is an infinite task, a constant blur. But in order to keep doing what we love, we must stop for fuel, take a break, and make time to indulge the heat of noon, the scent of flores.

Have a safe summer and see you in September.

Love, Nemuel

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07/14/21


SUMMER CAP

In the summer of 2018, Kilo (pictured) hopped on the subway in São Paulo with the mission to explore a few hat factories all over town. He eventually landed in the neighborhood of Penha, where he met a mother, father and their two sons; the family behind ArtigoX.

Founded in 1995, their shop now employees 40 folks, some of whom are now the hands behind making our LENITA CAP. Junior, one of the sons, now runs the shop and is continuing their family business into a new generation. When you wear our hat, we hope you know that it's not only coming from our family, but from theirs and the many others benefiting from every stitch.

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06/21/21


LO STORY MOON

We invited our editor, Lo Story Moon, to share their thoughts on Pride Month; here are their words.

The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, which launched the modern Gay Rights Movement. In the morning of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a local gay bar in Greenwich Village that very much represented the city's underground LGBTQ culture. Following these violent and discriminatory attacks, 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park a month later. This was followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. A year later in 1970, the very first NYC Pride March took place on June 28.

In many ways, we've come so far. But in our recognition of growth, we can also see the ways in which we still have so far to go. Last week in Brooklyn, thousands gathered for the second annual Brooklyn Liberation march. The march originated last year amid the nationwide uprising against police brutality, while also seeking to draw attention to the ongoing crisis of violence against Black trans people. Inspired by a 1917 protest for racial justice, an estimated 15,000 protesters clad in white took to the streets of Brooklyn last summer, which is thought to be the largest protest ever for Black trans lives. While this year’s march continued to center Black trans people, it specifically spotlighted what one speaker referred to as the “genocide” facing trans youth. A press release characterized the march as “an emergency action in response to the more than 100 pieces of legislation that have been filed in over 34 states,” and bills limiting youth access to sports participation and medical care signed into law in at least 7 states, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Pride month, like just about anything else in life, is complicated. Holding that complexity can be difficult, but also feels important and worthy of the emotional labor inherent in 'holding both truths.' We can be both proud and happy to celebrate each June while also wishing LGBTQ identities didn't require a special month (a mark that we've had to fight for recognition and that so many still don't believe in our right to exist). I can love the fuck outta rainbows and hate rainbow capitalism. I can love a parade and a picnic and remember that pride is also a protest. I worry that we sometimes feel that we have to choose between these things, but we don’t. We can feel both, be both, hold both. I'll never stop fighting for what I believe in, and celebrating how far we’ve come feels like an important part of that fight.

Happy pride.

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06/17/21


PRIDE BLVD.
LENITA PRIDE
Today, the rainbow stripes underneath our feet in gayborhoods across the country are feeling broader, stronger and more colorful than ever; but Pride Boulevard didn’t pave itself. It was constructed by many, such as the folks in the Stonewall uprising, including a drag queen named Marsha P. Johnson, who fought against police raids targeting the queer community in New York bars, thusly birthing the gay liberation movement in the U.S.

Powerful hands from figures like politician Harvey Milk and allies like Princess Diana helped to create bridges along the way. Milk led San Francisco to march for equality while Princess Diana shook the hand of a 32 year old AIDS patient, touching the untouchable and fighting against stigma in the queer community.

The victory in the case of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman who fought all the way to the Supreme Court against workplace discrimination, brought transformation to legal systems. But the work continues with or without the support from government entities, such as the case of Nik, who with limited resources founded Casa Transformar creating a safe haven for trans folks in Ceará, Brazil.

And on this road of known and unknown faces, we also meet strangers whose bravery cemented every surface. Everyday folks from near and far who faced and continue to encounter discrimination, abandonment, rejection and fear to simply love and be who they are.

This is a community who in the midst of darkness found the courage to pave the way so that anyone who lacked belonging found a path home – whose endless colors and glitter aren't meant to hide the pain, but to celebrate and show how proud and grateful we are.

Love is colorful,
Nemuel

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