Monday, June 29, 2015

Reader's Diary #1171- Michael Vocino: Robby. A Gay Short Story


Partway through Michael Vocino's "Robby: A Gay Short Story" I realized that it wasn't as depressing as I'd been assuming. Set in the late 70s/ early 80s, Vocino describes how gay people often had to hide their true selves. While I know the recent SCOTUS decision to legalize gay marriage doesn't change bigotry toward gay people anymore than Obama's election ended racism, it is at least a large step forward from the time Vocino describes here.

That said, his story is surprisingly uplifting. It's more about how a strong and supportive community grew out of that prejudice and what it meant to this one narrator. It's a sweet, nostalgic coming of age story.

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