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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 1972 - File 005. 1972-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 22, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3749/show/3728.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 1972
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date June 1972
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript RONSUE'S is Proud to Present ■ MR. ROXANNE and his Fantasy Review. SHOWTIME- 8:30- 10:30- 12:30 SUNCAY AND THURSDAY NIGHTS (SCHAEFER) edom. "We do not wish to teach a religion, but a way of life. We seek not to form a church, buta revolution," he told newsmen. (Houston Post - June 3, 1972) FOREIGN CAR SERVICE 5415 Fannin at Calumet FREE ESTIMATES on body work and repair Foreign Car Specialist 528 9362 Hours 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. GAY - PROUD & HEALTHY In recent years, an adversary situation has developed between the psychiatric profession and the homosexual community. While much of psychiatry seems unaware of this, it is felt with growing resentment and bitterness by the homosexual community, who increasingly see psychiatry as THE major enemy in a battle against deeply-rooted social prejudice, and see psychiatrists as singularly insensitive and obtuse to the destruction which they are wreaking upon homosexuals by their negative attitudes and pronouncements of both adversaries. That is why we, as homosexuals, are here, at the Dallas conference of the American Psychiatric Association. In our view, homosexuals are the people most knowledgeable about, and certainly most concerned with these questions. We have traditionally been the people least consulted while others, self-appointed and never authorized to represent us, have talked about us instead of with us, and set themselves up without our permission, as our spokesmen. We are bring that to an end. Central to the conflict between psychiatry and the homosexual community is the "sickness theory" of homosexuality and the whole related complex of negative attitudes toward homosexuality, which try to make of homosexuality something inferior to and less desirable than heterosex- uality. It matters not whether the word used be sickness, disorder, afflection, disturbance, dysfunction, neurosis, immaturity, fixation, character or personality disorder, pathology, or any other-- or whatever homosexuality be considered as merely symptomatic of these--the effects^ are the same: (1) To support *m buttress the prejudices of society and to assist the bigots in the perpetration and perpetuation of their bigotry; and, at least equally important (2) To destroy the homosexual's self- confidence and self-esteem, impair his or her self-image, degrade his or her basic human dignity. Before any theory having consequences as disastrous as these is accepted, there should be certainty that it rests upon a sound scientific basis. As anyone with even a rudimentary scientific training is aware, the approach of psychiatry to homosexuality violates every canon of good scientific research. For psychiatry cav- aliery to spout forth its characterisations of homosexuality as less than fully healthy represents utter irresponsibility. If the profession wishes to continue to take pride in its alleged scientific accomplishments, it had better be sure that its "researches" really are scientific. Insofar as homosexuality is concerned, they could not be less so. They are the distilled, concentrated essence ofbadscience; they are a textbook illustration of "science" gone wrong. When the psychiatric position on homosexuality is examined, we find that we have been DEFINED into sickness and pathology by cultural, social, moral, teleological and theological value judgments, camouflaged and cloaked in the language of science, but with none of the substance of science. Even more irresponsible is the continuing refusal of psychiatry to shoulder its proper burden in any situation of bigotry;To provide therapy for the bigots in order to change their attitudes; to change the attitudes of society, instead of not only accepting those attitudes but deifying them and then ~ engaging in human engineering for conformity to them. Deeply resented by the gay community are persistent efforts by psychiatrists to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality, instead of inculcating them with pride in their homosexuality. Increasingly, we hearpsychiatrists piously declare that they attempt to convert "only those homosexuals who wish to be changed." That is an un- acceptably simplistic, superfical, and shallow approach. When society generally, and psychiatry particularly, have "brainwashed" homosexuals into a belief in the inferiority of their homosexuality, the homosexual who asks to be changed is merely the creation of a self-fulfillingprocess. How many whites choose to try to "pass" as black, and why is the number so small, and why do any blacks at all choose to "pass" as white, and is it not better that now, in an era of "Black and Beautiful," fewer and fewer Blacks are trying to be untrue to themselves? We must investigate and often challenge the motives before we accept the desire to change. The great majority of homosexuals desiring to change to heterosexuality should be instilled with a belief that "Gay is Good," not blandly welcomed as candidates for change. The homosexual community looks upon efforts to change homosexuals to heterosexuality, or to mold younger, supposedly malleable homosexuals into heterosexuality (the very existence of this "plastic teenager" is questionable at best) as an assault upon our people comparable in its way to genocide. We find offensive the entire vocabularly of the psychiatric ..literature, in which "help," "improvement," "success," "re- Con ti nued pg 5
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