September 1, 2008: Trailer Park Queer welcomes a new writer, genderquare! While up until this point, this blog has focused on my own personal stuff, it’s time that we consider what others think. genderquare is a good friend of mine, and though GQ didn’t grow up in a trailer park, we thought it might be interesting to consider what Trailer Park Queer means when “trailer park” is used as an adjective to describe a particular brand of “queer.” Hope you all enjoy GQ’s stuff… I know I do.


Trailer Park Queer is the blog that logs my thoughts as a trailer park queer – a queer-identified, genderqueer-identified person who grew up in a trailer, and all the problems and problematizing that entails. You can question each one of my identities and I’ll agree – they’re questionable. There’s almost nothing I’m certain of, except that where I was born and where I am now don’t fit together and it’s not easy (though it is sometimes fun) to walk in two worlds. It’s odd being raised in my homeplace and to find myself in the world of academia, where everyone else knows what they’re doing… and I never seem to.

Sometimes, I’ll tell you a story about my childhood, and sometimes I’ll tell you what I’m reading, and sometimes I’ll tell you what you should read, and sometimes I’ll tell you where I think I might be headed in this life, and sometimes I’ll tell you I’m scared this life is almost over. And sometimes, I’ll really let you in and I’ll post  my non-rhyming, lacking-rhythm poetry ’cause it’s what I do.

If you’re real lucky, I’ll even let you read snippets of my thesis. Just for fun. Because it is fun. And funny.

5 Responses to “About”
  1. jennifer says:

    Well new to reading this and am finding it entertaining will probably have more to say as I get into it deeper. And I do get in deep. Still forming opinions…

  2. Ton says:

    I can’t wait to read more!

  3. Dawson says:

    So. I was searching through google looking for something, ANYTHING to cure my boredom, and I found this website.
    I have a question.
    So what does queer really mean??
    I always was called a queer by my classmates in school. Along with Fag, gay, homo etc.
    I always thought of it as a gender identity type thing but even though I sometimes like to wear makeup or dress up in womens clothings, I know that I was born a guy and I enjoy being a guy and wouldn’t have it any other way.
    So I don’t think queer fits me but I don’t quite know the true meaning of the word queer.

    • Dawson,

      there are so many multiple meanings of queer – it may fit you, but only if you choose it. That is, somehow, the beauty of it. Some people use queer as an umbrella term to cover lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and trans people, but others (like me) use it to describe a way of seeing the world as much as a dissident sexual/gender identity. Michael Warner defines it along these lines: “against regimes of normalcy.” I kind of like that one. I often wondered where I fit in, too – lesbian didn’t fit because I’m kind of bi, but bi didn’t fit, either, because it seemed too cut and dry and still defines things based on a gender binary, rather than a fluid conception of gender. I like to think we’re all slightly at odds with whatever label we choose for ourselves, and queer kind of resists defining itself in some sort of way – which makes it fitting….

      Don’t know if this helps…

  4. Grégoire says:

    I always hate to get empty, ass-kissing praise. It means nothing and clutters up my own blog sometimes. I’m going to break my own rule and tell you that this is one of the best explanations I’ve heard in quite a while.

    I have to tell you, because I lifted this paragraph you wrote in its entirety for use in something I just posted.


    I guess I wasn’t feeling particularly creative this morning. No big deal. I learned early on that when I had nothing to say, I could always just plagiarize something from my intellectual superiors.

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