The author is a white, working middle-class adult queer from the Southwest USA. The author studies Mexican (im)migrant, poor, working, straight adolescent boys in California. The ethnographic encounters between the author and the immigrants carried with them some long-standing and dynamic social narratives that surround relations between and across groups of relative privilege and oppression. These narratives produced 'ethically important moments'. By critically examining his reflexive processes and practices within one of these moments, insights into the workings of social narratives about race, class, and sexuality are revealed.