What does it mean to “come out”? The idea of “coming out” does not denote a single moment in a person’s life, but an ongoing process – a process that renders the individual politically queer, according to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s theory of a “closet epistemology”. Through silence or speech, we “come out” at work, at home, in pubs, clubs, hotels, trains, taxis, friendships, communities, countries . . . . To varying degrees of visibility, I expect to spend my entire life “coming out”  [...]

 Maureen Duffy, c. early 1960s; credit: John Vickers/University of Bristol/ArenaPAL

Maureen Duffy, c. early 1960s; credit: John Vickers/University of Bristol/ArenaPAL

'Literary Outing', The TLS (April 14 2017)

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