"Healthy Sexuality": “It’s not gay or bad, it’s SSAD"

Queerness and Masquerade

  • John Smilges PhD candidate, English and Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Abstract

Many ex-gays claim to be part of a marginalized group: the disability community. They claim that their homoerotic desires are indicative of mental illness and thus make them disabled. This essay explores the implications of this claimed disability. Given the context of a growing desire for queer-crip coalition work, how does the existence of ex-gays affects our theorization of disability and sexuality, pushing us to be more aware of the messiness of identity politics?

Author Biography

John Smilges, PhD candidate, English and Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Johnathan Smilges is a PhD candidate in English and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University, specializing in disability studies and queer theory.

Published
2018-07-05
Section
Articles