Take off the Masks

Take off the Masks

Take off the Masks

Take off the Masks


For over sixty years, Malcolm Boyd has written truthfully about his own journey to fullness. From theologian to civil rights pioneer to coffee house troubadour to gay rights icon, Boyd has courageously and whole-heartedly shown the way to a deeper, more honest examination of all our lives, leading by example. White Crane Books is proud to re-release Boyd's classic spiritual biography and coming out story, Take Off the Masks, for a new generation of readers hungry for its insight, honesty and soulful perception. With a new introduction by Boyd's life partner, Mark Thompson, and a newly added postscript by Rev. Canon Boyd himself.


The …exemplar [Harry] Hay uncovered in his research
were the societies or guilds of fools, known as sociétés
joyeuses in Renaissance France.… “The Sociétés Joyeuses
were associations of young men who adapted the traditional
Fool’s dress of motley, eared hoods, bells and bauble and
organized themselves into kingdoms under the rule of an
annual elected monarch known as Prince des Sots [Prince
of Fools], Mère-Folle [Mother Folly, a man dressed as a
woman], Abbé de Malgouverne [Abbey of Misrule], etc.
with the object of celebrating certain traditional customs,
especially customs such as the Charivari which enabled
them to keep up a running commentary on the affairs of
their neighbors and to indulge a taste for satire and social

The most famous of all was the Enfants-sans-souci
in Paris, organized under a Prince des Sots and a Mère
Sotte with the motto numerus stultorum est infinitus
(the number of fools is infinite). Always masked in public,
the members of the society, through their plays, or sotties,
gave voice to the people’s complaints against both Church
and King.

Will Roscoe/Harry Hay – Radically Gay

And Malcolm Boyd said: Enough; and took off his mask and spoke truth. Again. His truth.

Never a fool, nor one to suffer them gladly, the Reverend Malcolm Boyd was an international celebrity, a Prince of the Press, when he wrote Take Off the Masks, his seventeenth book, writing almost a book a year since his first, a prescient discussion of the role of media in the dawning age of celebrity, Crisis in Communication (1957). He would . . .

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