Flamboyant English wit and bon vivant
, Quentin Crisp was born in 1908 and was openly homosexual at a time when that
love dared not speak its name.
The subject of Sting's 1987 song "An Englishman in New York", Quentin Crisp emigrated to NYC in the seventies and lived the rest of his life there. His most famous work (aside from his astringent bon mots and aphorisms) is his 1968 memoir "The Naked Civil Servant", which has been made into both a play and a movie.