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Guy Hocquenghem
(1944 - August 1988) France

Guy Hocquenghem

Writer, filmmaker, activist, and queer theorist

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Guy HocquenghemHocquenghem was born into a large middle-class family (10 children) in the Paris suburb of Boulogne, and educated at the École Normale Supérieure. At 15 he began an affair with one of his male teachers, the philosopher René Scherer, who remained a life-long friend.

He participated in the 1969 student revolution, and became a member of the Communist Party from which he was expelled for his homosexuality. Guy was one of the first gay men to join the Front Homosexuel d'Action Révolutionnaire, founded by lesbian separatists who split from the Mouvement Homophile de France in 1971.

Hocquenghem produced a consderable body of both theoretical and creative work. His three theoretical texts, Le désir homosexuel (1972), L'Après-mai des faunes (1974), and La dérive homosexuelle (1977), offer a radical critique of Freudian psychology and liberal socia theory from a Marxist perspective.

In the 1970s he was appointed to a professorship in Philosophy at the University of Vincennes-Saint Denis. Hocquenghem started to write fiction in 1976. He died of an AIDS-related illness.

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Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002

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