Alan Keslian was a Gay Liberation Front activist in London in the 1970s, among other
things setting up West London GLF and organising gay dances attended by hundreds
in Fulham Town Hall.
He has experienced and benefited from the huge change in attitudes towards Gay men
and Lesbians in England and elsewhere during recent decades. During his teenage
years, in the UK any sex between men was a crime, whereas now civil partnership offers
a legal status on a par with marriage, and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation
is increasingly outlawed. This transformation has huge implications for gay relationships,
and his motive in writing is to explore the impact of this new freedom and portray
its effects. His first novel, Goodmans Hotel, was published in 2003. His second,
a more humorous book, Closer Than Breathing - A Light Gay Odyssey - came out in 2009.
He is a member of GALHA, the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.