Every millennial experienced certain pop culture moments. There was Katy Perry’s 2008 hit “I Kissed A Girl,” the iconic canon of DCOMs, Taylor Swift’s rise to fame on the back of heartbreak, and, of course, Glee. While most of these aren’t explicitly gay (and, in hindsight, some give off an “ew no don’t be gay!” vibe) living through this era of entertainment shaped Grace Perry’s queer identity. Nowadays, there is a wealth of queer icons to admire. In the 2000s…not so much. This collection of essays shows how that environment impacts someone who is trying to understand herself and where she fits in.
While I wasn’t looking at these cultural touchstones through the lens of someone finding their queer self, I did experience every single one of them as I came of age. The nostalgia! I actually love that Perry and I watched the same shows and listened to the same music but found completely different meanings in them.
4 out of 5 stars.
Pair with: Smirnoff Ice