Saturday, 5 December 2009

Queer Sex and George Michael

Apologies for referencing yet another Guardian story but today the magazine includes an interesting interview with George Michael. Apart from the open use of drugs (which will do nothing to silence his many critics), he is wonderfully open about his sex life. His clear rejection of monogamy (but his equal commitment to his boyfriend, Kenny Goss) is unusual among celebrities.
For me, he is important for keeping the subject of public sex a talking point. There is a wonderful section int he interview when he talks about cruising and remarks: 'The handful of times a year it's bloody warm enough, I'll do it. I'll do it on a nice summer even–ing. Quite often there are campfires up there. It's a much nicer place to get some quick and honest sex than standing in a bar, E'd off your tits shouting at somebody and hoping they want the same thing as you do in bed. DyaknowhatImean?'.

It's a real contrast to the depictions of desperate old men that sections of the media would have us believe. Michael offers a 'rational' explanation for the non-queer audience. Of course, this explanation is familiar but it's important that it continues to be put out there. Perhaps more interesting is the later line he adds: 'I have friends up there, I have a laugh'. On the one hand, it's a place for quick uncomplicated sex, and yet it is also a space that has a form of 'community' and is also an environment in which friendships can be forged and sustained.

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