After rekindling his relationship with an old flame, an internationally-renowned rugby player is outed. Pressure continues to mount as the men attempt to regain their emotional footing.
Intimacy can survive in spite of shame. Honesty and trust can't.
The Nearing of Jordyn Simmons was heavily informed by my experience with queer shame. I couldn’t be more removed from the character of Jordyn Simmons. My core connection to the character, and the experience that allowed him to breath air, was my struggle with shame. Having been raised conservative-Catholic, and having struggled severely with my own sexuality, the writing process forced me to confront much of my own internalised homophobia, discovering my own shame as I discovered Jordyn’s. Around midway through the writing process it took on a new life, becoming an exploration of shame and the pain that accompanies it. As a young queer person who’d never had the space to own their narrative, this became that moment.
It’s ultimately about the impact of shame on two people fighting for each other through a gross invasion of privacy.