Guy Hocquenghem (December 3, 1946 – August 28, 1988)
Guy Hocquenghem (3 December 1946 – 28 August 1988) was a French writer and queer theorist. Guy Hocquenghem was born in the suburbs of Paris and was educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. At the age of fifteen he began an affair with his high school philosophy teacher, René Scherer. They remained lifelong friends. His participation in the May 1968 student rebellion in France formed his allegiance to the Communist Party, which later expelled him because of his homosexuality. Hocquenghem taught philosophy at the University of Vincennes-Saint Denis, Paris and wrote numerous novels and works of theory. He was the staff writer for the French publication Libération. Hocquenghem was the first gay man to be a member of the Front Homosexuel d'Action Révolutionnaire (FHAR), originally formed by lesbian separatists who split from the Mouvement Homophile de France in 1971. With filmmaker Lionel Soukaz (b. 1953), Hocquenghem wrote and produced a documentary film about gay history, Race d'Ep! (1979) the last word of the title being a play on the word pédé, a French slur for gay men. Guy Hocquenghem's Homosexual Desire (1972, English translation 1978) may be the first work of Queer Theory. Hocquenghem died of AIDS on 28 August 1988, age 41.
Timeline & Places:
• December 10, 1946: born.
• 1950s: attended École Normale Supérieure, 45 Rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris, Francia
• August 28, 1988: died. Buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery, 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, Francia