Ballet Helped Me Reclaim My Identity as a Queer Iranian
Imagination could only take me so far. I was ready to dance—and this time my mom couldn’t say no.
They looked different, like their bodies were made of silk and elastic. I wanted to be one of them.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Theme and Variations
It was as if I, too, was in a dream—like those times I got high in my car and imagined myself up on stage, moving freely, as my true self.
Arya Roshanian (he/him/his) is a queer, Iranian-American writer based in Brooklyn. His fiction appears in Jellyfish Review, and his reporting, essays, and criticism are published in Variety, Guernica, BOMB Magazine, Catapult, Opera News, and Opera Magazine. He is a graduate of University of Southern California, where he served as Lifestyle Editor at the Daily Trojan. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.
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