I Swear, I’m Easy to Care for Like a Cactus

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.  The personal essays here create my  tether to queerness, allowing me to develop a critical lens, a tool that will aid in how I navigate and perceive the world and my relationship to it.

01. Narcissist Boy

02. Identity in Separate Baubles

03. Geekery Gay

04. Disney

05. Inner Diva

06. Qualities of a Man

07. Silk by Caitlin R. Kiernan

08. Song of Solomon and Paradise by Toni Morrison

09. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

10. Some Men are Lookers by Ethan Morrden

11. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

12. Dear Unsent