Duquette, Christopher. “Homo GoGo Man: A Fairytale About a Boy Who Grew Up in Discoland”, DonnaInk Publications, 2014.
A Sexually Suppressed Boy
Written and told in the first person, this is a fictional story about a sexually suppressed boy who learns to dance to express himself. He dances for a living and he dances to love life. His story begins in the disco era of the 70’s when the protagonist is introduced to the fast world of go-go dancing, hustling, drugs and underground clubs after his first man-on-man encounter when he explored Times Square after he arrived in New York for college. His story takes on his odyssey to live the big life in New York City as he trips through clubs, more drugs, and a series of boyfriends for two decades until in his forties, he bottoms out in his forties from too much of it.
We go back to the Halcyon days of New York’s dance club culture and the rise and fall of one of its devotees. We read about the difficulties and wounds of growing up as a gay man in the 1970’s and 80’s and the addiction that can sometimes become dangerous.
We are with our boy as he discovers NYC, his love of dance & disco, drowning in partying excesses and finding his way back out. Even though this is a quick read, author Christopher Duquette wonderfully explains the disco era and this journey and discovery can help someone who is just coming out.
We are taken back to a drug-fueled, dance-driven era and into his painful world.