A digression from an essay on the various versions of Adrienne Rich’s “Heterosexism and Lesbian Existence” [said essay about the shifting valence attached to gay men as characterized in its various emendations of the footnotes] …
For every impasse, a digression. Coming out stories are narratives of separation, passage — risk taking — into uncharted territory. But not always against the grain of connecting with our past. For our coming out stories also reflect how we found the resources to step out of time. Through the telling we become our own models experiencing history not as then but as now.
The temporalities of “coming out” would involve a recuperation of the past. Though not always.
And so for day 1837