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Dr John E. Fryer was a psychiatrist and gay rights activist, who – fearing for his career – gave a speech at the annual meeting in the “Psychiatry: Friend or Foe to the Homosexual?; A Dialogue” panel wearing a rubber mask and voice distorter, and known only as Dr H anonymous.
>Dr. Fryer’s speech began “I am a homosexual. I am a psychiatrist”, and continued on to describe the lives of the many gay psychiatrists among the APA who had to hide their sexuality from their colleagues for fear of discrimination, and from fellow homosexuals owing to the disdain in which the psychiatric profession was held among the gay community. Fryer’s speech also suggested ways in which gay psychiatrists could subtly and “creatively” challenge prejudice in their profession without disclosing their sexuality, and help gay patients adjust to a society that considered their sexual preferences a sign of psychopathology. There were reportedly more than 100 gay psychiatrists at the convention.
A year later, Homosexuality was de-listed.
why do we not hear about this in our school system? Ugh. I feel like I learned more about America and it’s people after I turned 30
Sawbones did a great podcast on conversion therapy ([part 1](http://www.maximumfun.org/sawbones/sawbones-conversion-therapy-part-1), [part 2]) which mentions this and discusses the history of medical ‘treatment’ of homosexuality, well worth a listen if you’re interested in the topic. This guy was brave as hell. Thinking that there isn’t anything actually wrong with being gay, and that society’s treatment of gay people caused their suffering, was a radical opinion at that time and it’s surprising how little time ago that was. But it sadly seems to be a contentious view once more with transgender issues, thankfully among the public rather than doctors though.
Does anyone know the names of the two beside him?