THE FOOTBALL JOCK AND THE PHOTOGRAPHY NERD
A Gay High School Geek’s First Time Story
By Josh Lark
Published by Josh Lark at Smashwords
© 2012 Josh Lark
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I wasn’t out in high school, but it wasn’t really a secret either. In my senior year, I was pretty visibly gay, in that stereotypical way. I was in the art homeroom, I was the president of the photography club, I carried my camera (film, not digital, of course) everywhere, I had long, skinny hair and long, skinny arms and legs, you name it. My close friends knew, and that’s all I really cared about. I didn’t need everybody else knowing. It’s funny, one of my biggest fears was the jocks finding out.
I say that, and I say how I was kind of a stereotypical gay kid, because of my senior year art project. There were only a few homerooms that required anything other than sitting in them before classes started. The newspaper homeroom did the weekly school paper, the yearbook homeroom put together the yearbook every year, you know the drill. As the school’s resident photography nerd, I was involved in both of them. But I chose to be in the art homeroom, where the only requirement was that you work on a year-long art project of your choosing (with the teacher’s approval). In past years, I had done a series of awful collages or drawings, neither of which I should have attempted, so in my senior year, I wanted it to be something that really meant something to me. I had a lot of friends from a lot of different cliques, and the older my class got, the more divided we seemed, so I chose a series of portraits of my fellow seniors that would show them without all of the stuff they have built an identity around.