QUENTIN CRISP, 1908-1999. Crisp answers the question: Can an outre' flaming queen be badass? Yes, he can be. Crisp was openly femme and gay in a time when it took absolute courage to to be so. His autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant, is delightful and fascinating, and his appearances on the old Johnny Carson show were always a treat. A witty raconteur who lived an unconventional life, according to his own terms, he inspires the timid among us, no matter our stations or orientation.
“It is not enough merely to exist. It's not enough to say, 'I'm earning enough to support my family. I do my work well. I'm a good father, husband, churchgoer.' That's all very well. But you must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too." --Dr Albert Schweitzer