straight people who dont realize the importance of queer representativity in media piss me off
they have no idea how important it is to have something reassure you that youre normal when youre a queer kid and you dont feel like you can trust your family or friends
and then you read yet another book and everyone in it is straight and theres not a single mention of queer people in it and how is that supposed to make you feel??? how am i supposed to feel safe and ok when everything refuses to even acknowledge my existence??
and still i have to deal with straight people, people who have always been told theyre normal, theyre the default, telling me “representativity isnt a big issue” hahaha
This is an illustration I did for my friend, Dai’s, PhD thesis. A part of his thesis involved a study around how some gay men (particularly those of a minority status) negotiate being gay outside of mainstream gay culture. One story that really stood out to me as being quite unique and touching involved a middle-aged fellow who has never been intimate with another man, doesn’t necessarily identify as being gay, but spends his days knitting baby socks on park benches and on the train as a way to perform his ‘gayness’. As he still lives at home with an extremely conservative family this is essentially the only way he knows to express his sexuality.
The Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota makes installations made of threads that are reminiscent of cobwebs. Objects embedded in them or stacked on top of each other create a environment imbued with a strong emotional and poetic charge. A superb job to be discovered.