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Alison Bechdel

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Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel

Photo (c) Houghton Mifflin

Background:

Alison Bechdel was born in 1960 in Pennsylvania and now lives in Vermont.

She is well-known for her long running comic, Dykes to Watch Out For a strip about the intersecting lives of a group of lesbians.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic:

In 2006, Bechdel published a memoir in graphic novel form. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic chronicles Bechdel's life through the lens of her father's suicide. Through pictures and words, it deals with Bechdel's childhood and her own coming out at 18. It also addresses her realization that her father - despite a long marriage to her mother - was actually gay.

On Sexual Orientation:

In an interview with her publisher Houghton Mifflin, Bechdel explains:

"I felt that to a certain extent [my father] killed himself because he couldn't come out, so I was determined to be utterly and completely out in my own life.

I know I had the luxury of doing that because of the progress made by earlier generations of gay men and lesbians. And I've always been acutely conscious of that queer genealogy, because for me it's also a literal genealogy. My father made my life possible in more ways than one."

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