Julian Clary for The Guardian (August 26, 2010)
The revival of Manchester gay club Flesh has set Julian Clary thinking: what does it mean to be gay and middle aged?
The difference, I conclude, between gays and straights when it comes to mid-life is that gays don't feel bound to fulfil certain roles. Why should we? Having lived our lives on the boundaries of society's norms we feel able to negotiate our way through the experience of ageing. And most of us do not have children to distract us from our self-absorption.