This project was originally published in our Winter 2022 Volume 1 zine “Queer Rage, Resistance, & Renaissance.“
The artwork for La Loteria was originally introduced by the Spaniards in 1769 to the Indigenous people of what is now Mexico. It carried with it the desire to convert these people to Christianity and to enforce strict gender roles and unequivocal heterosexuality.
The artwork has since been updated, but imagine a deck where the cards show a queer world, our world; imagine a deck where La Sirena was non-binary and had a trans lover; imagine La Bota as a towering stiletto complete with glitter and a long, slim metal heel; imagine queer icon Gladys Bentley in her majestic white suit and top hat adorning the card El Catrin. Imagine a deck where we see our queer past, present, and future.