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Signs of being on the right path

During the initial set-up phase of building the Children of the Closet website I browsed through the wide range of WordPress themes, trying to find one with an appearance that I liked and that I felt conveyed the tone of the blog. I finally settled on a theme called “Carrington.” Without much further thought into it I had a vague memory that “Carrington” was the name of someone associated with the Bloomsbury Group, which seemed quite fitting given the notable queer identities of a few of its literary members, including Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey. Upon further investigation I found that Dora Carrington could not be too much better an association with this organization.

Dora de Houghton Carrington was an English painter, designer and decorative artist whose life and relationships were complex. She is best known for her deep attachment to the homosexual writer Lytton Strachey, but she had affairs with both men and women.
– excerpted from the GLBTQ Encyclopedia

Here’s a clip from Carrington, the 1995 film directed by Christopher Hampton, based on the book by Michael Holroyd and starring Jonathon Price and Emma Thompson. This may be an oversimplification of the relationship between Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey, but all indications seem to point to an impossibly unresolvable love between a woman of ambivalent sexual orientation and a homosexual man. I have not yet seen the film, but I will see it as soon as I can as it applies to the work that I am doing here.

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