Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking
Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim
13. Postcards from the Edge
DUSTIN BRADLEY GOLTZ AND KIMBERLEE PÉREZ
KIMBERLEE: The four of us on a street corner in Phoenix, the boys in togas. Rae and I shoot photos. Latinos in an auto shop across the street stare…point…laugh…mock us. I feel unsafe, pulled from identifications to these men. Uncomfortable in this setting, a threat of violence hovers in the space between us.
DUSTY: I struggle with her account. Jay and I stand in togas on a street corner in Phoenix, on a garbage can at a bus stop, draped in white, holding signs. “It’s not a wedding, it’s a Gayla.” Two Latino men across the street at the auto shop laugh at us, they point, they chuckle, they see and respond to our spectacle. Two fags on a street corner in playful protest, a public declaration. Rae and Kimberlee, in plain clothes, snap photos and adjust props. It was a great day, we laughed a lot, we got breakfast afterwards. It was a Gayla memory Jay and I cherish.
Months later, Kimberlee narrates this event as a threat, of looming violence. I get angry, as this memory is no longer shared but rewritten, hijacked, betrayed. Why go to violence when there are the laughs, the smiles, and joy fueling this day? In this space, if there is any threat, it is no more pronounced than anytime Jay and I are publically read as couple (which is both real to us...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.