The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir

March 29, 2018

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies proudly presents:

6 Years in Gay Conversion Therapy

Author Peter Gajdics reads from his book,

The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir

Thursday, March 29
7:00 pm

Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street
Room: 1600

Free and open to everyone


The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir is the true story of Canadian author Peter Gajdics’ six years in a form of “gay conversion therapy” in Victoria, B.C. Spanning decades and continents, the book details Gajdics’ recovery from the therapy after suing his former psychiatrist for medical malpractice, and touches on the universal themes of generational trauma, childhood sexual abuse, powerlessness in the face of adversity, self-acceptance, identity, and the recognition that we have within each of us a core essence that cannot be killed, or “changed.”

Peter Gajdics is an award-winning writer of essays, memoir and poetry. He is a recipient of a writers grant from Canada Council for the Arts, a fellowship from The Summer Literary Seminars, and an alumnus of Lambda Literary Foundation’s Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir is his first book.

The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir, nominee for the Publishing Triangle Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction


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