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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 5, No. 1, January-February 1974
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  • Frank, Phil
Date January 1974-February 1974
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Transcript ...;. and outers, particularly bar \ bara Gittings. began the diah-^uc with psychiatry. With the New York Stonewall Riot of I9fi9, the ga.\ movement took its present militant turn. Burgeoning gay groups demanded a diagnostic change--and they used confrontation tactics. The 1970 APA Convention was jolted b.v an eruption of gay militants, led by Larry Littlejohn and others from San Francisco's Gay Liberatior Front and Society for Individual Rights. The following year in Washington. Kameny caused a stii by seizing the microphone at the Convocation, and Gittings. led :■■ "zap" against aversion therapists People within the profession notablv \PA Vice President Dr ■Judd Marmor, began u> -.peak out Dallas. 1972, was a quieter affair Gittings and Kameny had their own "Gay, Proud and Healthy" exhibit and a panel chaired by Dr. Kent Robinson, featured a masked gay psychiatrist. Dr. Richard PiJlard and Dr. Lawrence Hartman. for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society drafted a nomenclature change resolution, and the Nomenclature Task Force, under Dr. Henry Brill began deliberations. The final phase began in New York in the Winter of 1972. when Ronald Gold led a Gay Activists Alliance zap on a beha\iorist convention--and Dr. Robert L. Spitzer a member of the Nomenclature Task Force, had his "consciousness raised." Spitzera.'ranged for a meeting between the Task Force and a group of gay professionals led by Charles Silverstein, and he invited Gold to speak at the 1973 Honolulu Convention, on a panel entitled 'Should Homosexuality be in the APA Nomenclature?" Spitzer's two proposals were formulated after that well-attended and well-publicized panel. They were submitted to his own group, and were then passed by a majority vote at the Assembly of District Branches and the Council on Research and Development, and by a unanimous vote of the Reference Committee. A vote by the Board of Trustees is all that remains to make them official APA policy. Contact: R.'iiY.I'd Gold Communications Direct(;i National (lav- Task Force ( »__*> 741-1010 INSTANT CURE 20,000,000 Gay Americans to Get Instant "Cure" Time: 12:30 p.m., Saturday December 15, 1973 Place: American Psychiatric Association Headquarters, 1700 18th St. NW Washington, D.C. Event: Press conference to announce the vote of the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Assn. on resolutions (attached l)removinghomosexuality from the APA list of psychiatric disorders; and 2) urging repeal of all laws regarding sexual behavior between consenting adults, and calling or civil-rights laws to protect gay people from discrimination in employment and all other areas of public and private endeavor. Dr. Alfred Freedman, President of the APA will conduct the conference, along with Dr. John P. -. ■■ ;; esidtiiiL-elect: i)f. Wall- irton, medical director; :>? Russell Monroe, chairman of .h< Council on Research and Development; and Dr. Robert L. Spit- '(.■i h member of the Task Force on Nomenclature and Statistics and author of the two proposals. Beginning at 10a.m., December 15, ieaders of the gay liberation movement will be available at APA Headquarters to discuss the significance of the vote to 20,000,000 gay Americans. These leaders, who have been invited to attend .no conference, and will be available afterward for further comment, include Dr. Howard Brown, chairman, and Dr. Bruce Voeller, executive director of the National Gay Task Force; and four individuals who have been most instrumental in pushing the APA toward a policy change; Barbara Gittings' of Philadelphia; Dr. Franklyn Kameny of the Mattachine Society of Washington; Charles Silverstein of the Institute for Human Identity, New York; and Ronald Gold Communications Director of the National Gay Task Force Board of Directors. Contact: Ronald Gold 212 741-1010 Resolutions Regarding Homosexuality to be Voted on Dec. 1973 By Board of Trustees of American Psychiatric Association I. Removal of homosexuality per se from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders and substitution of the following new category and definition: 302.0 Sexual orientation disturbance: This category is for individuals whose sexual interests are directed primarily toward people of the same sex and who are either bothered by, in conflict with, or wish to change their sexual orientations. This diagnostic category is distinguished from homosexuality, which by itself does not constitute a psychiatric disorder. Homosexuality per se is a form of sexual behavior and like other forms of sexual behavior which are not by themselves psychiatric disorders, is not listed in this nomenclature of mental disorders. II. Civil rights and sodomy repeal statement: Wheras homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment stability, reliability or general social or vocational capabilities, therefore, be it resolved, that the American Psychiatric Assn. deplores all public and private discrimination against homosexuals in such areas as employment, housing, public accomodations and licensing, and declares that no burden of proof of such judgment, capacity or reliability shall be placed upon homosexuals greater than that imposed on any other person. Further, the American Psychiatric Assn. supports and urges the repeal of all legislation making criminal offenses of sexual acts performed by consenting adults in private. ( The American Psychiatric Assn. is, of course, aware that many other persons in addition to homosexuals are irrationally denied their civil rights on the basis of pejorative connotations derived from diagnostic or descriptive terminology used in psychiatry, such as schizophrenia and deplores all such discrimination. This resolution singles out discrimination against homosexuals only because of the pervasive discriminatory 1000 EMBOSSED BUSINESS CARDS 4615 Mt. Vernon .95 QUALITY PRINTING acts directed against homosexual behavior.) Both resolutions are authored by Dr. Robert L. Spitzer of New York, a Member of the APA Task Force on Nomenclature and Statistics. They have been voted on favorably over the past two months by the APA Assembly of District Branches, the Council on Research andDevelopment, and the Reference Committee. thanks to Ann & Abby -they know Dear Ann Landers: I trust you read the page one story in your parent paper, the Chicago Sun- Times, stating that homosexuality is now "off the sick list." The American Psychiatric Assn. announced that homosexuality has been removed from the lexicon of diseases. A spokesman for the Gay Movement heralded the announcement as "an instant cure" The American Psychiatric Assn. also asked federal, state and local governments to end all forms of discrimination against homo- Gay Task Force leader Dr. Frank G. Kameny said he hoped the action of the American Psy- heart by Ann Landers because '' she is one of the country's most influential opinion molders and her impact on American thinking is enormous." How about it, Ann Landers? Are you big enough to reverse yourself and give the gay pop- Waiting to Hear Dear Waiting: I did indeed read that the American Psychiatric Assn. had voted to remove homosexuality from the "sick List." I also read the following state- I also read the following statement, which perhaps you missed It was issued as the APA's official position by the board of Trustees. Here it is:... "For a mental condition to be considered a psychiatric disorder, considered a psychiatric disorder, it should either regularly cause emotional distress or regularly be associated with generalized impairment of social functioning, pairment of social functioning. Homosexualtiy doe Homosexuality does not meet these criteria. This is not to say that it is as desirable as heterosexuality." sexuals are sick, in the sense that homosexuality is dysfunction a form of aberrant behavior. My opinion has not changed. When the APA says homosexuality is "not normal" they are saying, inadiff- all along. But labels can be danger ously misleading, and herein lies part of the problem. lam 18 years ahead of the American Psychiatric Assn. in appealing to federal, state and local governments to stop discriminating against homosexuals. Illinois was the first state in the union to pass legislation declaring homosexuality between consenting adults no longer a crime. To quote Dr. Frank G. Kameny, "one of the country's most influential opinion makers" had something to do with this giant step toward human understanding. I am currently battling to have all questions relating to sexual behavior removed from employment applications. I am also fighting to protect homosexuals from job dismissal or demotion. And now about the "sick" label. In my opinion, the heterosexual who is at war with himself, abuses others, engages in orgies, excessive drinking or drug abuse is sicker than the homosexual whoisatpeace with himself and is a procuctive member of society. P.S. In May 1972, I received the ReberU T.-Morse Award far "outstanding contribution to the public's under-standing of psychiatry." I consider this one of my most meaningful citations. It was presented to me by the American Psychiatric Assn. Dear Abby: Thank you for trying to get parents to accept their homosexual children as they are. Mine never would, and I almost had a nervous breakdown trying to keep it from them. Abby we need love and acceptance from our parents even more than heterosexual children do. But how can children ever hope to educate their parents? They read your column. Can you help? Gay and Hurting Dear Hurting: Perhaps if your parents read the classic letter Dr. Freud wrote to the mother of a homosexual on April 9, 1935, it would help them to understand, I hope so. Here it is: "Dear Mrs.: I gather from your letter that your son is a homosexual. I am most impressed by the fact that you do not mention this term yourself in your information about him. May I question you, why you avoid it? Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation it cannot be classified as anillness we consider it to be a variation of the sexual function produced by a certain arrest of sexual development. Many highly respectable individuals of ancient and modern times have been homosexuals, sev- Poge 2 _____
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