Martin Firrell
Civil Servant Made Me Queer
Quentin Crisp was well on his way to becoming (in)famous when the first Gay Pride march took place in the UK in July 1972.

Many young people first encountered the possibility of living a queer life through Crisp's autobiography
The Naked Civil Servant
and John Hurt's extraordinary portrayal of Crisp in the TV adaptation of the same title.

Civil Servant Made Me Queer
reflects the true-life story of one teenager's realisation of their queer identity. At the same time, the artwork satirises the ludicrous view, prevalent in the early 1970s, that people could 'catch' or 'be turned' LGBT+.

Civil Servant Made Me Queer
is one of a series of artworks created by public artist
Martin Firrell
(he/him) to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride march in the UK.
Part of
Digital billboards, various sizes
Nationally, 17 Jan - 6 Feb 2022
Jpeg 864px x 432px 72 dpi RGB
Hi-res image
24 items
Supported by
Clear Channel, Alight Media, Mass Media