The Accidental Advocate

Ximena Escobar de Nogales
8 min readAug 2, 2021

For Camille, and for parents of LGBTQ children

Note: This personal essay was first published in Keeping It Under Wraps, an Anthology edited by Louise Bryant, Tracy Hope and Alnaaze Nathoo (2021)

Photo: Mirjam Wirz, 4th LGBTQ Diversity March, Cicuco, Bolivar, Colombia, July 2021

Another massage session with Li Hua is over. I feel relaxed, oxygenated, content. I’ve been coming here for years now. Pear blossom is the meaning of her name. This fine, middle-aged woman has a firm…

Ximena Escobar de Nogales

I write, to try to understand. I volunteer in prison, advice on impact investments and I run the Casa Taller El Boga, an arts residency in Mompox, Colombia