Identity Envy: Wanting to be who We're Not : Creative Nonfiction by Queer Writers
Gay men and lesbians present humorous and hard-hitting accounts of the need to belong . . . somewhere
Why would a lesbian raised in a Jewish home have a sudden desire to be a tough-talking Catholic girl? And why would a gay man travel to Ireland in a desperate attempt to escape his “hillbilly” roots? Identity Envy—Wanting to Be Who We're Not explores the connections gay men and lesbians have to religions, races, ethnicities, classes, families of origin, and genders not their own. This unique anthology takes both humorous and serious looks at the identities of others as queer writers explore their own identity envies in personal essays, memoirs, and other creative nonfiction.
Gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, intersex, and other sexual minorities often feel marginalized by mainstream culture and have a need to belong somewhere, to claim a group as their own. This surprising book presents stories of identity envy that are humorous and hard-hitting, poignant and provocative, written with energy, wit, and candor by many of your favorite writers-and some exciting newcomers.
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Adventures in Unexpected Multiethnicity
Chasing the Grasshopper
When I Was a Girl1966
Plantation Fantasies or One Hillbillys Journey to the Tidewater and Back
Escape from the Appalachians
Who Am I?
Thieves Pimps and Holy ProstitutesMy World
At the Museum of Jewish Heritage
You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Helen
For Those Who Cannot Choose
Turning Myself into a Christian Girl
Tales of a Male Lesbian
The Perfect Space Family
Shiksa in My Living Room
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