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Good As You: Paul Flynn Author Event
February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Good As You is an important book that celebrates the seismic shift that turned gay men in Britain from enemies to friends of the state. It’s a story of how the power of pop culture can place real pressure on the government and the media, to make tangible steps towards change.
From ‘Small town Boy’ to same sex marriage, Paul interviews the figures integral to his own personal journey and to so many young gay men who found their voices were finally being heard in the 1980s. Paul speaks to Holly Johnson about anthems, Kylie Minogue about icons, and Will Young and Davina McCall about the landmark of reality TV. He speaks to Gary Hailes about being half of the first gay couple on EastEnders, and to David Furnish about being in one of the first publically celebrated gay couples in the UK.
But for Paul, Good As You is as much about celebrating the unsung heroes out of the limelight. Alison, a life-long friend talks about the individuals she met and helped undergoing treatment for HIV at The Lighthouse, while activist Rupert Whitaker, discusses his early encounters with an unknown disease, his own diagnosis and the impetus behind the Terrence Higgins Trust.
This is the story of Britain’s brothers, cousins and sons. Sometimes it is the story of their fathers and husbands. It is one of public outrage and personal loss, the (not always legal) highs and the desperate lows, and the final collective victory as gay people were final recognised, as Good As You.
Copies of Good As You will be available for purchase and signing at this event.
Paul Flynn is a prolific London-based writer and pop cultural commentator who writes for i-D, Attitude, Fantastic Man, the Sunday Times, GQ Style and Grazia. Paul was also one of the co-writers of Enquirer, the brilliant 2012 play about the present state of British journalism.
A pay bar provided by The Wanstead Tap will be available on the night