Becoming The Gay Teacher I Wish I'd Had
What I could offer wasn’t life changing—it was just a break, a little time to gather the strength to keep going.
Mean GirlsQueer as Folk
Orange Is the New Black
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.
Enter your email address to receive notifications for author Edgar Gomez
Confirmation link sent to your email to add you to notification list for author Edgar Gomez
More by this author
I privately couldn’t get over the fact that she’d even felt comfortable speaking to me that way.
Though the person in the skirt and I weren’t the same, when I saw them, I felt something I never had before at work: like I could be totally, completely myself.
We were two stereotypes—the sassy gay best friend, and the hyper-sexualized reporter—working at a place that highlighted our biggest insecurities.
More in this series
I used to imagine having a Korean mother, someone rich in stories and jokes about Korean food and culture. My Korean mom would, ideally, be Maangchi.
The decline from mascbot into mere mascot is that which transmasculinity resists. And it is the challenge that “the Austin Powers type” encounters, too.
Perhaps the certainty that you are not the monster—that no matter what you do, you will never become the monster—is what gives rise to monstrous behavior.