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  • Fingerprints Music 420 East 4th Street Long Beach, CA, 90802 United States (map)

Please join us for a special Pride Week event celebrating the launch of THE INHERITANCE OF SHAME: A MEMOIR with musical guest BEARCOON!

Published by Long Beach's own Brown Paper Press, THE INHERITANCE OF SHAME details the six incredible years author Peter Gajdics spent in a form of 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 dominating, rogue psychiatrist who controlled his patients, in part, by creating and exploiting 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.

The event will feature a reading & book signing, a wine reception hosted by Berlin Bistro, and sets by the phenomenal Long Beach folk duo Bearcoon.

RSPV to Fingerprints: (562) 433-4996. Tickets are FREE but VIP seating is available for those who reserve the book in advance.

Earlier Event: February 22
BPP Publishers to Speak at CSULB
Later Event: May 18
Pride Night at the Art Theatre