Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their StoriesReviewed by Marilyn Irwin, Indiana Institute on Disablility and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington
Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and their Stories, ed. by Bob Guter and John R. Killacky. (New York: Harrington Park Pr., 2004.)
Having a disability has been shown to be a stigma for most individuals. Add homosexuality to that mix, and you have another whole set of issues to deal with. Queer Crips compiles more than twenty-five vignettes from men who are homosexuals and have disabilities. At times graphic in the descriptions of sexual experiences and illustrations, the stories and poems presented are from the soul and are often painful to read; however, each provides a snapshot for better understanding of this diverse group of individuals. Experiences of loneliness, anger, and embarrassment as well as humor and compassion help the reader walk in the teller’s shoes for a short period of time. Although this may not be a volume to add to every library, it provides insights that may be valued by people with and without disabilities, those who are straight and those who are gay.