I could have pointed out how this group was revolutionary because it did not address in its fiction an apology for gay life to a straight reader, as all previous gay writing had done, even Genet's. Gay Geeks: Refinery Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Pat is openly gay. It is a running joke that Barry is a closeted gay man who is frequently thinking of outlandish excuses to conceal his true activities. We're never present in this novel.
Jarman's interest is more modern than historical, but he forcefully and playfully makes his point about homophobia through the ages.
It's instilling this fear in those who don't feel it already. Writing a biography of someone such as Sartre, for instance, is primarily a question of what to exclude in an overly documented life. When I turned to The Farewell Symphonythe last volume of my autobiographical trilogy, I had just come out of the experience of researching and writing the Genet biography.
Peter Denyer Jeremy Bulloch.