I was a Gay Liberation Front activist in London in the 1970s, among other things setting up West London GLF and organising gay dances attended by hundreds in Fulham Town Hall.
I have experienced and benefited from the huge change in attitudes towards Gay men and Lesbians in England and elsewhere during recent decades. During my teenage years, in the UK any sex between men was a crime, whereas now civil partnership offers a legal status on a par with marriage, and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation is increasingly outlawed. This transformation has huge implications for gay relationships, and my motive in writing is to explore the impact of this new freedom and portray its effects. My first novel, Goodmans Hotel, was published in 2003. My second, a more humorous book, Closer Than Breathing - A Light Gay Odyssey - came out in 2009. I believe my readers’ time is valuable, and try hard not to waste it.
I live with my partner in West London, and am a member of GALHA, the UK based Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.
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A Gay Humanist Manifesto
This non-fiction booklet gives a gay perspective on humanist beliefs. It discusses subjects such as monogamy and promiscuity, and counters the rejection of same sex attraction on moral and religious grounds. Touching on scientific and social arguments, it takes only an hour or two to argue for a positive outlook on the place of lesbians and gay men in the modern world.
Mark chooses love over money when he leaves his highly paid job in the City to set up a gay hotel. The new life of openness and honesty he hoped to find is threatened when secrets from his lover’s past are exposed. The novel is a modern tale of gay men struggling to separate right from wrong against a social background in which more tolerant attitudes are held back by intractable prejudice.
Closer Than Breathing - A Light Gay Odyssey
This novel tells the story of Ben, a young gay man new to the metropolis, who is confronted by a series of odd, eccentric people, including drug dealers, goths, psychics, veteran author Loyd Larcher and ageing rock musicians Rick Schwagger and Heath Prityards. Making use of opportunities along the way he finds true love with a level headed and down to earth boyfriend.