This essay explores gay men's identities as processes of creative-relational construction of the self. I problematize the common sex-centered conception of being gay as “I am gay because I have sex with men.” Bringing together Paul Ricœur's work on identity as autobiography, Audre Lorde's concept of the erotic as a constructive force, and Derek Greenfield's understanding of relational orientation, in the light of an interview with Manoel, a young gay man from Malta, creative-relational inquiry affords a richer notion of gayness as “I am gay when I am with you” and “I am gay because I love you.”
The Confluence of Us: Creative-Relational (Love) Making of Gay Men's Identities
Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry and a Mental Health Mentor at the Student Disability Service, University of Edinburgh. Correspondence to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans; The Confluence of Us: Creative-Relational (Love) Making of Gay Men's Identities. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 May 2020; 9 (2): 103–113. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.2.103
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