Memoir About a Gay Kid in Rural America Who Survived, Ryan Field Books

 Memoir About a Gay Kid in Rural America Who Survived

After growing up in a small town in Southern New Jersey, I can relate to what it’s like growing up gay in a small town. You can’t express yourself, you’re constantly questioning yourself, and you’re often in denial about who you really are. And you are terrified to face it. It. Is. Hell. And I would never go back to live there again. 

With that said, A gay author named Taylor Brorby has a new memoir out titled, Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land. It seems to be getting some pretty good reviews. 

He comments that there is not a lot of literature from the American West that focuses on LGBTQ people. He mentions Brokeback Mountain, but I don’t even consider that LGBTQ literature because it’s gay content written by a non-gay woman. This author was culturally appropriating us even before we knew what cultural appropriation was about. 

Brorby also talks about what it was like to have other kids using gay slurs against him. I think we all know, as gay men, what that’s like. Gay women seem to hide better…but not always. Teenage straight white girls can be vicious if they even get a hint of a girl being gay. 

In any event, you can read more about Brorby and his memoir, here. It sounds interesting to me. I know for a fact, coming from a small town, not all gay kids do survive in these places. The pressure is just too much for them. I’m hoping memoirs like this help gay kids today who are living in awful places in America. 

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“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

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“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
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