LARRY MITCHELL helped clear the way for many of us, even if we didn’t know it. When I met Larry in 2008 to interview him for this magazine, we discovered that we had grown up thirty miles apart in Indiana (“It was a nightmare!” he exclaimed, and I agreed). Only after I made my way to graduate school in Indiana, and then to New York, and then onto the faculty of the College of Staten Island, CUNY, did I learn that I’d been following Larry around my whole life.
Thirty-five years apart, we had lived within a few blocks of each other in the St. George neighborhood of the forgotten borough.
Matt Brim is assistant professor of queer studies in the English Department at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.