Raziel Reid, author of When Everything Feels like the Movies
, is profiled by Xtra
in the wake of his Governor General's Literary Award nomination in the category of Children's Literature (Text).
"Every young gay guy I know wants to be famous, or thinks they are famous. It's this weird thing; it's like a cultural disease, almost, that we all have. Social media amplifies it, but I feel like it's rooted in insecurity. A lot of gay people were not very popular in high school, and picked on, and so they dream of sort of showing everyone that they are special. That was certainly Judeís goal -- just prove all of his haters wrong."
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