Maupin was born to parents, Diana Maupin and Armistead Jones Maupin, in Washington, D.C.. Soon afterwards, his family moved to North Carolina, where he was raised. He says he has had storytelling instincts since he was eight years old. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he became involved in journalism through writing for After earning his undergraduate degree, Maupin enrolled in law school, but later resigned from it.
Well, I can say that, on a personal level, my homosexuality helped differentiate me dramatically from my father, so that we could finally arrive at a loving friendship between two different people, not just Armistead Maupin and Armistead Maupin Jr. As far as confrontation goes, I don’t know how being gay figures into it, because both my brother and my sister are — in their 50s — finally reaching a sort of ditente with my father, and they’re both rampantly straight.