It was on this date, December 25, 1908, that English writer, actor and homosexual rights campaigner Quentin Crisp was born Denis Charles Pratt in the London suburb of Sutton. The self-described “stately old homo of England” relates in his autobiography how, in his early twenties, he decided to devote his life to “making the existence of homosexuality abundantly clear to the world’s aborigines.”
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Originally published December 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
“I was never a believer, but after seeing Czech Catholics persecuted during the Stalinist terror, I felt the deepest solidarity with them. What separated us, the belief in God, was secondary to what united us.”