How a Gay Psychiatrist Changed History in 1972: Gay Culture, Ryan Field Books

How a Gay Psychiatrist Changed History in 1972: Gay Culture

Here’s one of those stories of which we never hear enough. It’s classic gay history that happened 50 years ago. And it changed the world. 

It’s the story of a psychiatrist, Dr. John Fryer, who helped declassify “homosexual” as a mental disorder. Fryer went to a meeting with a group of other psychiatrists and wore an outrageous outfit that consisted of a Nixon mask and an oversize tuxedo. 

It was 1972, and he masked himself in order to say the following words: “I am a homosexual. I am a psychiatrist.” His declaration changed the world.

Here’s more. Some people claim that his testimony is as important as Stonewall. When anyone was considered “homosexual,” as if they had a mental disorder they could be denied many things. They couldn’t even get mortgages. I can understand this. I can feel it. And I think this is just one more reason why I highly resent straight white women controlling gay content and appropriating gay culture. 

“As a class, we were mentally ill — no exceptions. And that was totally wrong to begin with. And their science was poor,” said Kay Tobin Lahusen



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