Promiscuous Affections
A Life in The Bar, 1969-2000

Going in
St Charles Gay picnic Halloween

 "I become the gay man I am not by expressing any innate desire (that's homosexuality), but by joining a particular culture, by learning a particular language.

"I've always thought the phrase should be 'going in,' not 'coming out.' "At whatever point or points we choose, we enter a gay culture which already exists, and in joining that culture we find ourselves amidst a variety of styles which our gay peers offer us and demand from us. We define ourselves by adopting or refusing these styles."

Neil Bartlett, in "Man in Frock," The Body Politic, July 1985

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