"I'm trying to make people focus on the fact that there's so much homophobic and transphobic bigotry still embedded within our culture—in addition to the fact that we have a slew of rights that we still have to win. Around the country, I started to see a sense of victory and finality—people using the word “inevitable” a lot. That breeds complacency and apathy. Marriage equality is just the beginning. I mean, in Oklahoma, they have gay marriage, and in the vast majority of counties nobody has gotten married, because if they get married, they'll be fired from their jobs tomorrow."
"The result is less an explanatory guide to the gay early ’90s than an experiential re-visitation. The nonlinear structure ambushes the reader with visceral recollections, replicating the uncertainty and confusion that swirled around those years when death was everywhere (and especially in our heads), when “the sick” were often indistinguishable from “the healthy,” and when our own status could be unknown and unknowable for weeks at a time."
Here’s the truth: If you’re a gay person driving across America, your right to dignity is like a radio station fading in and out. In many areas, there is just a vast silence, or a blaring wall of static. At best, your basic humanity is somewhat written into law and is accepted by most people. At worst—well, I’m sure some Hoosiers could tell us horror stories.