Category Archives: “Pride”

META POST:WHAT I WANT FROM WRITING IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Why/for whom (but myself) do I write?  If it were JUST to be for myself, I would write in a private notebook; not on a public blog(however sparsely read!)……… This thought has been brought to a head, recently, by the … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT (HERMENEUTICS) AND BEYOND. (SOME OF THIS IS IRONY).BY STEVEN BENSON.

{Catalyst: “Heterosexuality” (ed Hanscombe and Humphries, GMP, 1987).} Imagine the following world: the dominant, prevalent sexual orientation was lesbian, gay and bisexual NON lgb people had to occlude their orientation because it was illegal/discriminated against/socially frowned upon. Straight people had to … Continue reading

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NEW BEGINNINGS AND SELF-REINVENTION.BY STEVEN BENSON.

New beginnings can be at ANY time not just January. I like to space self re-invention over the year(sometimes I physiologically NEED to!). Poem? Steam-of-consciousness? ok: mixed genre… Here are my self re-alignments(in historical order); then some future ones…And, perhaps, … Continue reading

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WATCHING YOUR GAY PAST IN PUBLIC VIEW. THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL’S “TALES FROM THE CITY” EXHIBITION.MY PERSONAL TAKE.BY STEVEN BENSON

What mixed feelings I have about this exhibition! Positive, first: To have this, at all, even is 2017, is still pretty ground-breaking (sadly and disgustingly), so credit to National Museums Liverpool (and for their-more artistically based-_”Coming Out” exhibition at the … Continue reading

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GAY/QUEER HERMENEUTICS. BARRIERS AND TRANSFORMATIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

“hermeneutics are a branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation{eg of texts}” “hermeneutics are a method or theory of interpretation” STRAY THOUGHTS A VERY vexed field, SOLELY because societal homophobia/heterosexism/heteronormativity has MADE it so. Reflects each lgbtq person’s (self) positionality … Continue reading

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ARCHIVING(CONTINUED); RADICAL RANDOMNESS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

When Chris and I archived for the second time, I had the (random) idea to  pick out, randomly- and hopefully serendipitously and pertinently- groups of 5 “naughty” (please read for that: thinking outside the hegemonic/heteronormative box) books, especially books that … Continue reading

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ARCHIVAL PEREGRINATIONS:META AND TANGENTS.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Thanks to Chris Madden, my archivist-in-chief, for catalysing these random musings:) {this is a list} An archive(?),a catalogue(?) a list(?), a marginalia-ised/personalised list(?). A gay man’s (personal) gay/queer book archive or alternative nomenclatures above. Other approximate synonyms: assemblage, constellations (books circling … Continue reading

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THE LGBT DIASPORA.BY STEVEN BENSON

Diaspora-“the dispersion of any group of people from their original homeland” _____________________________________________________________________ AS lgbt people, QUA us being lgbt people, we ARE dispersed, we are scattered;especially internally/psychologically/emotionally scattered. In our entities and selfhoods, embracing(but NOT confined to) our sexual orientation and/or … Continue reading

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GAY/LGBT/QUEER ARCHIVE. PART 2. “MAY 1988”. “OUT IN ART”(GMP, 1986).BY STEVEN BENSON.

Some(gay male)homo-erotic art here! I shall just curate it and (mainly!)let it speak for itself ChristopherBrown Chris Corr; gay man reading “A Single Man”(Isherwood), to re-affirm his identity/sense of self; me in 1985? ChrisCorr again;steamy:P Chris Corrs still: that’s me … Continue reading

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RE-VIVIFYING THE GAY MALE CORPUS OF WRITING/LITERATURE.FIRST STAGE/POST OF AN EMBRYO, LONG PROJECT:ITEMISATION, WITH MARGINALIA, OF MY GAY/LGBT/QUEER LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE. CAVEAT: THIS PROJECT MAY TAKE SOME TIME! 1 .GAY MENS PRESS, AKA GMP(ORIGINAL IMPRINT AND MILLIVRES’ LATER IMPRINT),INCUDING CLASSICS SERIES AND DERIVATIVE IMPRINTS. BY STEVEN BENSON AND CHRIS MADDEN

Here we go! A dear friend and I are collaborating on our several archives/collections of gay male/lgbt and queer theory texts. 80s+ GMP books, so important to my own identity formation, seem a good place to make a tentative start! https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/the-role-of-gay-mens-fiction-in-identity-formation-of-a-gay-man-by-steven-benson/Continue reading

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