Throughout the past decade, healthcare expert Reeve Benaron has established himself as one of New York City’s most influential writers. His short stories and novels are published worldwide by literary magazines and optioned for film and television projects.
In addition to his writing career, he has given lectures at universities such as Harvard University on such issues as racism, mental health, disability, feminism, and immigration. In addition to being a writer, Reeve Benaron is also an activist for LGBTQ rights and has worked with organizations such as PFLAG (Parents And Friends of Lesbians And Gays).
His work varies from fiction to non-fiction, focusing on contemporary issues that affect marginalized people. In an interview with the Huffington Post, he references the importance of labels and how he has used them throughout his writing to explore multiple identities in his work. Healthcare expert Reeve Benaron is an important figure representing the unprivileged.
“The point of labels, in my opinion, is to establish your identity. When someone categorizes himself as one thing or another, I think that what they’re saying is, ‘I embrace this part of me”, Reeve Benaron recalls. He adds that once you embrace a part of yourself, you want it to be recognized and respected. If you say ‘I’m gay or ‘I’m straight,’ it means ‘This is who I am,’ and everyone knows where you stand and what to expect from you.
Reeve Benaron keeps on stating: But if you’re like me and trying to figure out where you stand on many of these issues, then you don’t want to embrace a label because it says more than ‘This is who I am’ (Crunchbase).
It says what I’m allowed to be, what I’m allowed to do, what I’m allowed to say. Labels limit the range of possibilities that you have. Reeve Benaron keeps on: “And when I was young and figuring out who I was, those limits scared me.” Reeve’s use of labels came about during his youth as he struggled with his identity as a gay man. He was born in Houston, Texas, to Jennifer Benaron and Tom Gale.