Hi, I’m Josh! I’m 27 and originally from Sydney, NS, but have been calling Ottawa, ON home since August 2015. I’m a second-year Master of Arts student in Communication at Carleton University, currently working on a thesis on identity formation and Young Adult novels with LGBT themes. I work part-time as a Teaching Assistant at Carleton and as a Customer Experience Representative at Indigo.
When not working or focusing on school, reading is my main passion. I’ve always been a book lover and my to-be-read list is definitely longer than my arm.
I started Queering the Mainstream as a place where I can share my thoughts on things to do with the LGBTQIA+ Community (or Queer Community… I use both) because after giving it some thought, while the world we live in today has changed a lot from the past, there is still much work that needs to be done. The Queer community still faces a lot of homophobia, transphobia, hatred, discrimination, fear, etc. and I wanted to have a place where I could put my thoughts into words on such issues.
QtM will feature review, mainly book reviews, but I may occasionally branch out to include film, TV, or music if I feel like it (again, likely focusing on LGBT-related things). I’ll probably also throw in some social commentary, or just anything else I feel like writing about.
The name “Queering the Mainstream” came to me from an interview I watched with two of my favourite artists, Tegan and Sara, and I chose it for this blog because, as the tagline says, my goal here is to make the world just a little more gay, one day at a time. I long for a world when there is no more homophobia, transphobia, hatred, discrimination, etc. of the queer community. But I know that day is still way, way into the future and there is still a long way to go before it gets here.
Thanks for visiting Queering the Mainstream! Anything I write that’s not LGBT-related will continue to be posted to my other blog, Scattered Thoughts. Any and all thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are my own. They are not the thoughts and opinions of anyone else or my employer(s).