The confluence of us: Creative-relational (love) making of gay men's identities

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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.”
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalDepartures in Critical Qualitative Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • intimacy
  • creative-relational inquiry
  • love
  • gay
  • identity


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