My gay identity has never been known. I have no formed queer identity, rooted in beliefs, attitudes, and values. My identity has been separated into different baubles, adjectives that carry their own connotations. Through critical analysis of my formative years, the books, celebrities, television, and movies, I will involve myself in crafting my gay identity. Finding my cultural identity will provide a relationship to queerness; homosexuality is same-sex attraction, while queer is cultural practice. By creating a tether to queer I will develop a critical lens, a tool that will aid in how I navigate and perceive the world and my relationship to it.
Gay culture is not similar appreciation for a single genre of music, literature, or way of dressing. Queer culture is a set of shared perceptions that take heteronormative practices, beliefs, and arts, to repurpose for identification. Self-classification as any one sexual category, such as heterosexual, does not eliminate one from participating in queer culture. Rather, participation requires the ability to empathize with and perceive the world through the experiences of fringe and minority groups.
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