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Accolades like the praise Hernandez received for her GLAAD Award-nominated article on the experiences of transgender black men is often counterbalanced by criticism, like she received after using the term "gringo" during commentary on the 2011 Arizona shooting.

Hernandez didn't happen upon Latino writing until she was in college.

Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism," acollection that's held in high regard and considered a resource for anyone studying gender and women's studies.Years later, she acted as the editor of Colorlines, a magazine of essays and articles centered around racial politics.Born to a Cuban father and a Santeria-practicing Colombian mother who were financially vulnerable, Hernandez was raised in a working-class, immigrant community in the "shadow of NYC," Fairview, New Jersey.At home, she often played the role of "child translator" to her non-English speaking parents.

At this same time in her education, Hernandez also discovered the works of African-American writers Audrey Lorde and Bell Hooks, women whose prose focuses on feminism, race, sexuality and class.

In 2002, Hernandez coedited the feminist anthology "Colonize This!



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