The unexpected beginnings of Armistead Maupin
In his famous series, which started off in the San Francisco Chronicle, Maupin wove titillating fiction about characters from around San Francisco. They're told through protagonist Mary Ann Singleton, who moves to the city from Ohio, and meets a host of colorful city characters — rich and poor, gay, straight and bisexual.
A new documentary exploring Maupin’s life will debut at this year’s Frameline Film Festival. It’s called the Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. Director Jennifer Kroot stopped by to tell us more about Maupin's personal life. She says he wasn’t always as unabashedly, openly gay as San Franciscans knew him to be through the series.
KROOT: He always says through his sexuality he was able to open his heart. It was not until he came to San Francisco that he finally did hesitantly come out . . . and after that he nailed the closet door shut.