As a Queer Author, I Thought I Had to Come Out Before My Books Did
Some misguided fans believe they are owed information about artists’ sexual and gender identities. As a queer writer myself, this worries me.
queerbaitingshipOnce Upon a TimeSherlockTeen WolfSupernatural
Zakiya N. Jamal was born in Queens, raised in Long Island, and currently resides in Brooklyn. In other words, she’s a New Yorker through and through. She holds a BA in English from Georgetown University and a MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children and Young Adults from The New School. She has been published in Romper, BuzzFeed, People.com, and more. Her non-fiction essay about her “Cuban Impostor Syndrome” is featured in the Latinx anthology, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed. You can find her on Twitter at @ZakiyaNJamal.
Enter your email address to receive notifications for author Zakiya Jamal
Confirmation link sent to your email to add you to notification list for author Zakiya Jamal
More by this author
While kids my age were falling in love with the fantastical, I did not. I wanted to read about rich white girls behaving badly.
More in this series
“I should hate forever to be a burden to you”: Lessons in Love from Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
I don’t want to take time away from your book, she said, but the book could wait. My writing was always there. She might not be.
I want to believe that I inherited too ways of feeling joy, ways of finding pleasure, ways of being with other queers in raucous and wild ways.
The show went a step further than other cartoons of the time: It showed young women intentionally building a life together.