Meanwhile, "Writing Queer" assembled writers whose comics had tackled LGBT characters and issues. The wise and wonderful Howard Cruse, author of the seminal gay graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, revealed that he came out through his work. "My first gay story was in 1976 but that didn't commit me to being gay. I could've just been a straight liberal." He said the remnants of his Deep South upbringing had fallen away "after a lot of acid trips", but recalled drawing an autobiographical panel which hinted falsely that he had a girlfriend. "Most of us who are gay have those moments in our past when we were teetering back and forth, in and out of the closet." He later laid the memory to rest by redrawing the offending panel with the gender corrected.
Taken from The Guardian
Introduction by Tony Kushner