Cover Photo: Two mannequins well dressed in men's suits, with more department store suits visible in the background.
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“Passing” as Straight at Work Didn’t Protect Me from Homophobia

I privately couldn’t get over the fact that she’d even felt comfortable speaking to me that way.

My favorite part about working at JCPenney was getting to choke men.

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real

Gross

Nasty

Drag Race

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Edgar Gomez is a Florida-born writer with roots in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. A graduate of University of California, Riverside’s MFA program, he has written for POPSUGAR, Narratively, Longreads, Catapult, Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Lamda Literary, and elsewhere online and in print. His first book, a memoir titled High-Risk Homosexual, is forthcoming in January 2022 with Soft Skull Press. He currently lives in Queens, New York.