You make excellent points, Manuel Betancourt. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

I entirely agree with you that a sanitized sense of queerness is being promoted as an ideal in popular culture. I’d add that that ideal is often held up a sign that the struggle for LGBTQ dignity and equality is largely won already.

In reality, of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

I riffed briefly on Love, Simon recently in one of my own articles exploring queer identity.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com