Armistead Maupin QuotesArmistead Jones Maupin, Jr. (born May 13, 1944) is an American writer who wrote Tales of the City, a series of novels set in San Francisco.
When I started writing Tales of the City I was one year away from being a mental illness. It wasn’t until 1975 that the American Psychiatric Association took homosexuality off the list of mental illnesses – and in many states, including the state of North Carolina where I grew up, homosexuality was a crime. An arrestable crime. It still is, in many parts of the world.
I’m pissed off at my Republican family back in North Carolina, several of whom came to my wedding, but who went right back and are voting for homophobes and acting like it doesn’t matter. It does matter and it’s time for the queers in this country to start saying so to their families. I think we’ve all cut them too much slack for far too long.
I think there are strands in all of our lives that can be seen if we step back to recognize them. Coincidence is probably as close as I’ll get to having spirituality. I do see patterns in my life sometimes, and I am thrilled by what I see. I don’t think I’m going to have any further shot at it after death, and I don’t think there’s anybody upstairs orchestrating it for me, but I do think it happens. If there are miracles in my life, they are rooted in the fact of coincidence.