The dark and the light

Eli Clare’s Exile and Pride was difficult to read but necessary. Writing subjects such as racism, sexual violence and homophobia, Clare reveals the dark but real side of being apart of the LGBTQ community as a person of color. Although we tend to focus on the good sides of being queer, there are many perspectives that do not get heard from people of different race, gender, disability, etc. Clare’s literature brought to light the dark reality of many queer people who are not accepted by the world around them. He explains the overlap between queerness, disability and race. He says that by begging on the street for money, “is how some of us (disabled persons) survive,” (Claire, 81). According to his race also he says that African men and women were, “made freaks, socially constructed for the purposes of entertainment and profit,” (Claire, 89). By doing so, he describes intersectionality and its affects on identity. In contrast, Schitt’s creek is a sitcom centered on a small town in which homophobia does not exist. Rare for many small towns in America, this sitcom provided a safe environment for those in the LGBTQ community. By having one of the protagonists, David, be an openly gay man and slaying, it sends the message that being gay is okay. In a world where you have to live up to societal standards in every aspect, seeing this in every episode all 6 seasons was a necessary change of pace. However, one does not hold more significance over the other. As everything in life, there needs to be a balance of the good and bad. Although the most ideal world would be no homophobia for LGBTQ people, that’s sadly not the case. Both texts offer their audiences an insight into their perspectives- the light and dark realities of LGBTQ persons in America.