Edgar Gomez is currently working on his first book High-Risk Homosexual.
He holds an M.F.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and is a recipient of the Marcia McQuern Award in nonfiction as well as a coveted third-year fellowship from UCR. He lives in Brooklyn, where he is saving up to buy good lotion.
High-Risk Homosexual is a memoir about holding on to pride while coming-of-age of in a culture of machismo. The book opens in his uncle’s cockfighting ring in Nicaragua, where Gomez was sent at 12 years old to learn to be a man. Following his life through snapshots set in queer spaces—from a drag queen convention in Los Angeles, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and the doctor’s office where he was diagnosed a high-risk homosexual—his stories capture the risk of being gay and Latino, and the joy that makes this identity worthwhile.