More than 698,000 people have received conversion therapy in the US. Tens of thousands of adolescents today are expected to receive conversion therapy before they turn 18. The rise of the conversion therapy narrative is playing a vital role in the effort to end these dangerous practices. In this article I discuss the significance of a number of recent books, including Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased and Peter Gajdics’s The Inheritance of Shame as well as films released in 2018 such as Joel Edgerton’s adaptation of Boy Erased and Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
"Review: Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel.” American Literary History, Review Series XVI, Fall 2018.
"Inventing Queer: Portals, Hauntings, and Other Fantastic Tricks in the Collected Folklore of Joel Chandler Harris and Charles Chesnutt." American Literature, vol. 89, no. 1, Mar. 2017, pp. 1-28.
Through an analysis of Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country (1894) by Joel Chandler Harris and The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales (1899) by Charles Chesnutt, this essay accounts for a late nineteenth-century genre termed the queer fantastic. In so doing, it suggests that in the late nineteenth century, the term queer, as a signifier of distorted time, became central to debates over race and the nature of folkloric belonging.
Adapted from my dissertation, this article connects modern progressive lexicons revolving around the rhetoric of social phobia to the abolitionist newspapers of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Charles Bennett Ray, Samuel Cornish, and others.
"Schoolgirl Smashes, David-and-Jonathan Relationships, and Champagne Friendships: Mining the Archive for LGBT History." (Special Issue: Pennsylvania Pride: LGBT Histories of the Commonwealth.) Legacies: Magazine of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, vol. 16, no. 1, Jun. 2016, pp. 12-19. (Co-authored with Connie King)
LGBTQ history in Pennsylvania is deep-rooted and diverse, encompassing the experiences of elites, celebrities, and leaders in arts and politics as well as those of the poor and marginalized. This special issue of Legacies explores a few episodes and individuals in Pennsylvania's past that shed light on this history. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania website)