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The Second Tuesday Series is thrilled to present Peter Gajdics, author of The Inheritance of Shame, a memoir about his harrowing escape from years of bizarre conversion therapy, at The LGBT Center in NYC on Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019, at 7:00.
Gajdics tells a harrowing story of recovery from years of (failed) conversion therapy and attempts to seek legal recourse, juxtaposed against his parents’ histories of trauma.
The Inheritance of Shame details the six years that Peter Gajdics spent in conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British Columbia, Canada, Gajdics was under the authority of a rogue psychiatrist who controlled his patients by creating a false sense of family. Juxtaposed against his parents’ tormented past–his mother’s incarceration and escape from a communist concentration camp in post-World War II Yugoslavia, and his father’s upbringing as an orphan in war-torn Hungary–Gajdics’ story explores the universal themes of childhood trauma, oppression, and intergenerational pain. Told over a period of decades, the book shows us the damaging repercussions of conversion therapy and reminds us that resilience, compassion, and the courage to speak the truth exist within us all.
Peter Gajdics (pronounced “GUY-ditch”) was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, to immigrant parents from Europe. Gajdics knew from an early age that he was gay, but, for myriad reasons, that truth only seemed to cause him pain. In his early 20s, while struggling with an overwhelming sense of shame, Gajdics turned to a local psychiatrist for help, as described in his memoir. “The Inheritance of Shame” documents Gajdics’ six-year journey through, and eventually out of, this therapy; the legal battle with his former psychiatrist; his complicated family history; and his attempts to reclaim his life.
See www.InheritanceOfShame.com for more information about the author and the book.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 7:00 pm
The LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
The LGBT Center suggests a donation of $10, although all donations are voluntary and any amount is appreciated. All are welcome and no one is ever turned away because they can’t afford to pay.
More information is available at https://gaycenter.org/second-
ABOUT THE SECOND TUESDAY LECTURE SERIES:
The prestigious Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the longest running program at The LGBT Center. Since 1985, more than 150 speakers have made presentations in the arts, academia, and politics. Speakers representing every major cultural award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Book Award, as well as the UK Booker Literary Award, have made presentations. Through this program, Larry Kramer spoke about the plight of the AIDS Crisis in March 1987, thus beginning ACT-UP, the largest direct action AIDS organization in the world.
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Howard Williams, Volunteer Coordinator for The Second Tuesday Lecture Series,
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Richard Morales, The LGBT Center – Manager of Community Partnerships, [email protected], 646-502-6370