This memoir is of the extraordinary frenetic life of a skinny queer kid who left his home in the grim North of England to ‘find himself in London‘. In the 1980s and 1990s he found himself as a central figure in a colorful larger-than-life hedonistic queer group of non-binary drag queens and soon become known as the Queen of Soho.
He ran Trannyshack his own club night at Madame Jojo’s THE place to party and be seen. There was however another side to Hodge, now known as Dusty O, as at the height of the AIDS pandemic he took a day job as a service worker at The London Lighthouse the purpose-built leading AIDS Hospice, It set him aside from many of his celebrity buddies, and it grounded him enough to be able to move forward to his present life as a very successful artist
Queerguru talked with the disarmingly charming Hodges about this biography that has been getting rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s not just the joyous tale of Hodge’s fascinating roller-coast life but it is a remarkable and essential record queer history of one of the most tumultuous times of our Community’s history.
The Boy Who Sat By the Window: The Story of the Queen of Soho : David Hodge https://www.mardlebooks.com/dustyo