Like so many, I really enjoyed, ‘Tales Of The City’, growing up. It was fresh, different, character driven, and really pushed the boundaries of what people were comfortable with in the most gracious and humorous way.
Armistead Maupin, now in his seventh decade (!), has finally published his highly anticipated memoir, ‘Logical Family’.
Turning the first few forensically detailed pages, I thought – Oh no, reading this is going to be like chewing a toffee – Or rather, a Werther’s Original on a never ending road trip with grandpa. I was wrong. The pace did pick up and how extraordinary and humbling to read of a man who not only endured the cultural shift from outright raging homophobia – to slightly less homophobia, but who actually played a significant part in instigating this change.
His voice has been a beacon for so many and has enabled the more vulnerable to endure, to be braver. His plight to destigmatize same sex relationships, or subsequently AIDS for that matter, by refusing to be silenced into submission and demanding basic humanity is nothing but honourable.
I was moved by this book. His honesty. His courage. His imagination. The death of his mother. The death of his friends. The way he views the world and his ability to get straight to the heart of people, all people, with compassion and humour. Armistead Maupin, we thank you, your voice continues to be a powerful and unwavering light in the darkest of times.
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