Julian Clary to celebrate 25 years in showbiz

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Julian Clary will discuss his life and career later this month at a special event to mark his 25 years as an out gay performer.

The event, on Sunday 28 September in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, will also celebrate his inauguration into The House of Homosexual Culture’s Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame events have been described by the organisers as a gay This Is Your Life meets An Audience With…, and honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to ‘queer history.’

The House of Homosexual Culture exists to explore and celebrate lesbian and gay history and culture through discussion, performance and debate.

They said of Mr Clary:

“Starting out in gay venues like The Bell and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Julian quickly became the gay face of the 80s alternative comedy circuit. Unlike previous generations of camp comics, he refused to be coy about his sexuality.

“With titles like My Glittering Passage, his live shows became ever more ambitious and outrageous. In the 1980s, he became a regular on TV, unnerving straight audiences with his sharp wit and outlandish costumes on shows like Sticky Moments and All Rise for Julian Clary.

“He is also a best-selling author, whose autobiography, A Young Man’s Passage, was disarmingly frank even by his standards. He has also published his first novel, Murder Most Fab.

“Through his many manifestations, from the Joan Collins Fan Club to his notorious joke about Norman Lamont, Clary has consistently tested the boundaries. He is, in many ways, a drag terrorist, though his drag is rather toned down these days.”

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