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“SPEAK MY LANGUAGE”(ED.HOJER,2015):A COMPILATION OF GAY MENS’ SHORT STORIES.REVIEW.PART 1.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Stephen Fry, in his introduction to this large volume, writes:”…gay stories offer us vindication, fellowship, validation and a sense of shared identity that we need now as much as ever” { see also my previous piece for the Blackwells Book … Continue reading

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INTERNATIONAL LOVE. THE DAY BEFORE LIVERPOOL LGBT PRIDE, 2017.BY STEVEN BENSON.

What format for this? poem/polemic/rant?? It is all too weak. The subject is unwieldy, too poignant, too ANGER-INDUCING:BEYOND words.. That lgbt people in Uganda are IMPRISONED, sometimes, for loving someone of the same sex (nomenclatured as “carnal knowledge against the … Continue reading

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THE ROLE OF GAY MEN’S FICTION IN IDENTITY FORMATION OF A GAY MAN.BY STEVEN BENSON.

With the start of the Blackwell’s LGBT Book Group as the catalyst, I wanted to write about how reading gay male content fiction(classics and modern works) helped consolidate my self-identification as a gay man, and aided and supported me, immensely, … Continue reading

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THE BROTHEL IN HUSKISSON STREET:Remembrances. Gay 80s (continued).BY STEVEN BENSON

Ok, now I have your attention:come with me on another foray into my gay past! This succeeds Princes Gate East https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/for-pride-story-writing-group-steps-to-freedompauls-gay-start-in-life-reflections-by-steven-benson/ But now we are back in the first person….so I shall give you DIRECT memories/reportage, in the form of … Continue reading

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A GAY MAN IN WALES.INTEGRATING.BY STEVEN BENSON.

An English-born gay man in Wales; who wanted/wants to identify as Welsh, with no Welsh blood but a gay Welsh heart. I never managed this integration when I lived in “Aber”(Aberystwyth) in 1978-83; but I attempt it, in retrospect, via … Continue reading

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FOR “PRIDE STORY” WRITING GROUP.”STEPS TO FREEDOM:PAUL’S (GAY) START IN LIFE”.REFLECTIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

Paul, in memory, re-entered and re-claimed his first flat(since coming out as gay ); in his act of rememberance, he walked around the land of yesteryear,but also(in vertical time) the demesne of today, as his memory joined the past and … Continue reading

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STRONG AND STABLE.JEREMY CORBYN AND THE QUEEN. PART TWO.A FANTASY(OR IS IT?). BY STEVEN BENSON.

Jeremy Corbyn was dying to read his alternative Queen’s Speech in the Commons. The time came(We all know about “our Therese{faux Scouse accent here}”; let’s leave that particular tediousness out!). So, Liz read the , disconcertingly, short official Speech out, … Continue reading

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BOOKSHOP STORIES.PART 2. RE-INVENTION. A MEDITATION. BY STEVEN BENSON.

And so I repaired(being the word), once more, to the newly re-invented, struggling treasure-trove of a bookshop (with café:)). It wasn’t term time but the café was twentyfold busier than its host bookshop. It had become a weekly joy(tinged with … Continue reading

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BOOKHOPS=SAFE SPACES.QUEER/GAY LIBRARY. BY STEVEN BENSON.

In homage, and with affection, to my dear friend Michael:). Michael said bookshops were “safe spaces” for him;and, I thought, they are safe for me too. Here is one https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/creating-my-own-spring-psychogeography-in-action-by-steven-benson/ To (re) coin some fruity (!) images, they are island/oases … 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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