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Thursday 15 April 2010

Tatchell: Quentin Crisp was homophobic

Posted in: International Daily News
By Daily News staff - 29th December 2009

British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell claims the internationally feted and flamboyantly gay Quentin Crisp was ignorant, pompous and homophobic.

Quentin Crisp
Writing in The Independent today, Tatchell who is an outspoken proponent of aggressive, confrontational action in standing up to discrimination against gays, says Crisp was brave in his early years when he stood up to anti-gay abuse meted out to him in London. But, Tatchell says, Crisp became a "self-hating, arrogant, homophobic gadfly" who "denounced the gay rights movement, slammed homosexuality as 'a terrible disease" and declared "the world would be better without homosexuals."

Peter Tatchell
Tatchell was writing on the eve of the broadcast in the UK of a television movie based on Crisp's life after the book and movie of his early years, The Naked Civil Servant, left off. Tatchell says the new movie sanitizes Crisp's views.

Tatchell recently joined the chorus of anger over the booking of homophobic reggae singer Beenie Man for Auckland's Big Day Out - a booking subsequently cancelled - and has lately announced that several physical attacks he suffered in gay protests, including in Moscow, have left him with slight brain damage.

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