Inspired by Dwight Conquergood, who calls on scholars to engage in intimate conversations, I offer an autoethnographic approach to explore the interconnectivity between place attachment, shame culture, and what I refer to as identity suicide through my journey to finding an attachment to place, to having interaction. Through these findings, I discovered the self-acceptance that had always been a struggle to reach due to the choices I was making within the shame culture in which I was living. This work is a reflective processing of my choices along this journey—choices that are denied to so many other queer individuals.
I Should Have Been Wearing the Pink Triangle
David F. Purnell is an instructor in the College of Professional Advancement at Mercer University. An early version of this manuscript was presented at the 2018 Critical Autoethnography (CAE) conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Correspondence to: David F. Purnell, College of Professional Advancement, Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA, USA 30341. Email: email@example.com.
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David F. Purnell; I Should Have Been Wearing the Pink Triangle. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2020; 9 (1): 46–62. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.1.46
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