1965 – 2005
MAGISTRAT . ÉCRIVAIN . ÉDITEUR'
' J'AI TOUJOURS ÉTÉ POUR TOUT ÊTRE
G . D. '
Although trained as a lawyer, Guillaume Dustan (born William Baranès) is far better known as a writer, particularly of autofiction, Bret Easton Ellis and Dennis Cooper being his main influences. He created 'Le Rayon gay' (later called 'Le Rayon') imprint of the Éditions Balland (late nineties–2003), the first literary French LGBT collection: in its lifetime about fifty books were published, and Dustan won the Flore prize for Nicolas Pages in 1999. Dustan's published works under this imprint also include two other books: Génie divin (2001) and LXiR ou Dédramatison La Vi Cotidièn (2002). In 2001 he famously appeared in a TV programme in a silver wig compered by Thierry Ardisson, in which he spoke about barebacking.