Over the years, concrete efforts to publish LGBTQIA+ voices have resulted in a vast, resourceful body of work that helps people — queer or cishet, someone who is cisgender and heterosexual — understand and relate to experiences unique to queer individuals. One is tempted to call it mainstreaming of queer subculture. But representation within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum is skewed and, therefore, the notion of queer becoming mainstream remains in the realm of wishful thinking.
For one, there’s a flood of narratives by gay men for a variety of reasons. For another, select books and scholarship have unknowingly created an environment where everything queer is reduced to sexuality. And further, it is hard to deny the fact many books pander to the cishet gaze – they provide what straight people need: a victim story, a sob story, a story that seeks their help and doesn’t challenge or dismantle their closely held binary wor
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