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Category Archive: A memoir in a month

Jun 17 2014

Chapter 9: Attention

If it had been true I was making being gay up so my peers cared about me, they cared entirely the wrong way.

Jun 13 2014

Chapter 8: Biology

Sometimes, it isn’t tearful.

Jun 13 2014

Chapter 7: Stranger Danger

I was always told the Internet threatened my safety. The truth was, it healed me.

Jun 11 2014

Chapter 6: The Age of Consent

What Jonathan did was just one gory detail in a much bigger picture.

Jun 10 2014

Chapter 5: Friends with Benefits

In some ways, I’ve lived past this. In others, I haven’t.

Jun 08 2014

Chapter 4: Dress-up

How could any of us defend being queer at a school where you were walloped for defending heels higher than an inch?

Jun 07 2014

Chapter 3: The Gag Reflex

Chapter 2: Other Boys. Around the start of junior school, teachers expressed concern about my hearing. It turned out after testing, sessions with a specialist and an hour of electrodes being stuck to my scalp that nothing was wrong with my ears; what I had, and the reason I often asked people to repeat themselves, was a form …

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Jun 06 2014

Chapter 2: Other Boys

Once ‘gay’ meant anything, it meant people unlike me or anyone I knew.

Jun 05 2014

Chapter 1: Starman

When he draped a single, languid arm around Mick Ronson, life went from sepia to Technicolor.

Jun 04 2014

Foreword: A memoir in a month, and a coming out story you’ve never heard before

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If you want the wholesome version of this, there isn’t one. This isn’t a coming out story like on TV, and it won’t make allies feel pleased with themselves.