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Center Reads: “The Naked Civil Servant” by Quentin Crisp

December 4, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Free

A comical and poignant memoir of a gay man living life as he pleased in the 1930s. In 1931, gay liberation was not a movement—it was simply unthinkable. But in that year, Quentin Crisp made the courageous decision to “come out” as a homosexual. This exhibitionist with the henna-dyed hair was harassed, ridiculed and beaten. Nevertheless, he claimed his right to be himself—whatever the consequences. “As soon as I stepped out of my mother’s womb… I realized that I had made a mistake,” Quentin Crisp declares, giving a small hint of the witty and wry approach he takes toward the life he describes with uninhibited exuberance in this classic autobiography, which is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

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Date:
December 4
Time:
8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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The Center
208 W 13 St
New York, NY 10011 United States
Phone:
2126207310

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LGBT Reading Group
Phone:
212.945.0709
Email:
jrjr369@aol.com