Link this to Audre Lorde’s concept of biomythography.
the lifework of every gay man has been the transformation of the loathed into the loved
John Preston, “Goodbye to Sally Gerhart  in Mark Blasius & Shane Phelan (eds.), We Are Everywhere: A Historical Sourcebook of Gay and Lesbian Politics, pp. 511-520 (1997) also in Michael Denney, Charles Ortleb and Thomas Steele (eds.), The Christopher Street Reader, pp. 368-80 (1983).
And so for day 1853