What’s more, I honestly thought the ones who were my age (52) looked better now than they did when they were younger - and not just because they’d ditched their unfortunate asymmetrical ’80s hairdos. Sure, their skin had been dewier back then, but they’d also looked somehow…unformed. Time had made them more interesting, deeper, more fully themselves, like the difference between a high giggle and a rich belly laugh.
— Peggy Orenstein (More Magazine)
As a queer, you read into texts. You hope that something is gay. Like you hope someone is. Scrutinizing for signs and signals. You read too much into things. And so, you take something you love and you read gay romance and subtext into it. And it’s not there enough—you simply read some more in. Rewrite it.