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TIME ZIGZAGS:LIVERPOOL GAY ’80S:VIGNETTES.PART 3:”WHERE DID ALL MY HAIR GO?/HUSKISSON STREET.”. BY STEVEN BENSON

I am looking at a photo of myself(Christmas Eve, 1988), taken in Huskisson Street, Toxteth, when I was twenty nine: I am sporting a rather fetching fringe(where did all my hair go?). I am in my second(Liverpool) flat, since coming … Continue reading

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ADDLESTROP transmutes into a GAY GOTH MONDAY NIGHTER.LIVERPOOL GAY 80S(PART 2) BY STEVEN BENSON

Yes, I remember The STATE: A Cavernous, Art deco, Nightclub; Gay and Goth happily mixed on a Monday night;fogs of dry ice: in a former ballroom. I do not recall much save the FEEL of it: the extravagant costumes, the … Continue reading

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LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY LGBT ARCHIVE; GAY LEFT AND ANTI CLAUSE 28 CAMPAIGN.

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HOMOSEX(UALITY) AND THE DOPPELGANGER; G>A>Y (“GOOD AS YOU”){INCLUDING REFERENCE TO SEBALD}: A BELLETRISTIK (DOUBLE!)TAKE, BY STEVEN BENSON

1, Homosex allied with/equated with “narcissism” in psycho-analytic tradition(hetero-normatively constructed); thereby implied as an incomplete, arrested development. The literary trope of the uncanny doppelganger(for instance in Gothic novel), though it can be queered(ie. positively skewed; torquere=to twist),sets up the homoerotic … Continue reading

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MY GAY/QUEER AESTHETIC: A PHOTO/TEXT CONSTELLATION:PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY.PART 1: THE LIVING ROOM LIVES.BY STEVEN BENSON

Queer(reclaimed) = Camp Kitsch (merely) NAFF(“Normal as fuck”) Quirky/idiosyncratic Silly but nice Bright colours Re-appropriating stereotypes/”stereotypes” pomo self referential objets d’art:eg Vox Turnabout 70s LP cover art historical/antique (camp) homage to Susan Sontag, author of the “Notes on Camp” essay,before … Continue reading

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I MEET MY HERO, JEREMY CORBYN(EXPANDED VERSION).I AM HAPPY(YET SAD) BY STEVEN BENSON.

And, so it seemed I emerged from a dark tunnel of 2 months’ anxiety into LIGHT. The “Village Hall” was, actually, an old gymnasium, redolent of a GDR-style(now) redundant building, with its concrete and steel; wholly functional, with no decoration. Somewhat … Continue reading

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THE NIGHT I MET THE (RIGHT HONOURABLE) JEREMY CORBYN. STREAM-OF-CONSCIOUSNESS. BY STEVEN BENSON

Wow, I met him,at last, despite my illnesses and limitations, I MET him; his minder got me in the queue for a selfie; and I , briefly, explained my lgbt activist history and wished him luck with his arduous task (against the … Continue reading

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A RIVEN LIFE.BY STEVEN BENSON.

He didn’t quite know how to manage this. In a fog of anxiety, he went, every Tuesday to the slightly decaying “Beautiful View” hotel, entering by the back door, in order not to be seen. Most of his friends were … Continue reading

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ZIGZAG.MY (ONGOING!)COMING OUT STORY. BY STEVEN BENSON

First thought; this is corny. Yet, it is the All too True Self- Narrative Of Gay People……………………………………………………… {self-reportage}. Stage 1 In 1981, at university in Aberystwyth, I endeavoured to come out and half made it:furtive visits to the gay bar(Tuesday … Continue reading

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“GREY”,WORDCOUNT EXERCISE FOR LGBT CREATIVE WRITING GROUP, MERSEYSIDE,BY STEVEN BENSON.11.7.16

GREY…….on Liverpool Pride weekend?????!!!! Let us counterpoint it against RAINBOW colours: GREY is not gay; its HETERONORMATIVE Fear of difference Joylessness ABSENCE; nondescript. GREY= INTERNALIZED HOMOPHOBIA(we all have it, but to varying degrees); it can make a blank, GREY slate of … Continue reading

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