Too may gay men have become ‘boring’ and ‘conservative’ according to Britain’s most famous living artist David Hockney in an interview this week in The Daily Telegraph.
“They want to be ordinary – they want to fit in,” said Hockney, “Well I don’t care about that. I don’t care about fitting in. Everywhere is so conservative.” He added too many gay men were determined to lead ‘ordinary’ lives by entering into civil partnerships and having children through adoption or surrogate mothers.
When he was asked if he would ever have marry a man, he was aghast at the suggestion. He admitted that he stayed in contact with former lovers, except when they had become “so boring” that he didn’t want to spend time with them.
Hockney disclosed that despite a string of lovers, the love of his life was “maybe” Gregory Evans, his 62-year-old manager.
Hockney and Evans had been lovers for about a decade through the 1970s but have worked together for 40 years.
On a recent visit to San Francisco he was dismayed that the bohemian lifestyle of the city’s large gay community had seemingly vanished.
“It’s a very boring city now. Where are the Harvey Milks,” he asked, in reference to the gay rights campaigner who was shot and murdered after becoming the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.