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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
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Transcript GAY, PROUD & HEALTHY covery" and similar terms relating to the therapy of homosexuals is related to the extent of increase in heterosexual tendency and activity. The goals of therapy of homosexuals* must be subjected to searching re-examination. Equally important as a consequence of psychiatric attitudes, is the fact that large numbers of homosexuals who might benefit from psychotherapy for a variety of problems unrelated to their homosexuality (which is NEVER a problem in and of itself, any more than heterosexuality is ever a problem in and of itself) will not go near a psychiatrist because of their fully-justified expectation that their real problems will be shunted aside and ignored, and the therapy will become an unwanted assault upon their homosexuality. For better or for worse, psychiatry and psychiatrists are authority figures in our society today. Responsible authorities assess with great care the consequences of the exercise of their authority and the validity of their positions and premises. In regard to homosexuality, psychiatry clearly has not done so. It is time to start doing so, or to doff the mantle of authority before it is taken from you! !In our view, it is time foi psychiatry to reassess its posit- \ ion on homosexuality from the ' ground up. Queen Victoria has been | dead for almost three-quarters of a century. Freud, brought up in j the depths of a Victorian era j from which he never escaped j intellectually, may have done | yoeman work as a pioneer and trail-blazer, but trails are necess- airly blazed with lack of knowledge of the whole terrain and seldom follow what ultimately turns out to be the optimum route. It is time to realize that much of the psychiatric approach to homosexuality must be recognized for what it is: A misinterpretation of cultural artifacts of the particularly distorted, warped, perverted sexual attitudes of the' Victorian era, in which Freud grew up, and shortly following which era most modern "authorities" on this subject were trained. We must recognize that one of the glories of humankind is its endless diversity and pluralism in all things; that we are not faceless robots all turned out of the same mold, but that we follow different courses of equal value to different goals of equal value--in psycho- sexual development as in all other areas; that there is no one, single healthy course of psychosexual development. Finally, we must realize that among the glories of humankind is its brain which has liberated us from the degrading, demeaning, dehumanizing (and inapplicable, in this context) "anatomy is destiny" theory. Our genital organs are our appendages; we arenotappendages of our genital organs. We take the position that in our pluralistic society, the homosexual has a moral right to be a homosexual, and being a homosexual, has a moral right not only to live his or her homosexuality fully, freely, openly, and^th pride, but also has a right to do so free of arrogant and insolent pressures to convert to the prevailing heterosexuality, and in the expectation of the active, affirmative, positive assistance and encouragement of all the official and unofficial arms and agents of society, including psychiatry, in his 50 living- bow- Not only do we insist thataam* sexuals, as people, are in no way inferior to heterosexuals as people (a precept to which we are sure that most psychiatrists will take no exception) but we insist, equally uncompromisingly, that homosexuality--as a condition, a state of being, a way of life or life-style, an expression of love and affection--is fully on par with and in no slightest way inferior to heterosexuality. We are workingto create a sense of community among our people, to create, in turn, a sense of unity, solidarity, militancy, and activism, in order to assist us to achieve our full rights and status in a society which is ours as much as it is that of the heterosexuals. We are working with success to create among our people a sense of pride in their homosexuality and a sense of the Tightness of what they areandthegood- ness of what they do. In order to do this, it is necessary to extract homosexuality from the medical context in which it has long and persistently been placed, and to place it in a sociological context of minority group relationships involving prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry. This is the only context in which the real problems of real homosexuals in our society today will be constructively and productively addressed. It has been well and truly said that in our society there is no Black problem, there is a white problem. We say that there is no homosexual problem, there is a heterosexual problem. Psychiatry, as it presently deals with homosexuality, is a major part of that problem. A psychiatric profession which persists in approaching homosexuality as a medical problem and homosexuals, per se, as patients, while homosexuals themselves, as homosexuals are busy entering politics and running for public office, is singularly out of touch with reality--psychotically so! We are trying to open dialog with the psychiatric profession on these questions. In past years, it has been necessary, on occasion, to resort to strong measures against a resisting profession in order to achieve such discussion of our problems with us insteadof merely about us. V/e sincerely hope that productive, constructive discussion and dialog, followed by meaningful reform of psychiatry, will now proceed actively. Psychiatry, in the past--and continuingly--has been the major single obstacle in our society to the advancement of homosexuals and to the achievement of our full rights, our full happiness, and our basic human dignity. Psychiatry can become our major ally. Will you assist us? WHAT YOU CAN DO: 1. Both individually, and collectively as a profession and an Association, re-examine your past positions on homosexuality. Discard the negative attitudes and the biases which have afflicted you in the past. 2. Work for a public renunciation, by psychiatry, of the "sickness theory" of homosexuality in ANY semantic guise. 3. Undertake an active, vigorous campaign to ameliorate and ultimately to eliminate popular prejudice on this question, both through work to change attitudes and in such specific areas as law reform, equal opportunity legislation, etc. 4. Consult on an on-going basis with representatives of the homosexual community. Our themes are: GAY, PROUD AND HEALTHY and GAY IS GOOD. With or without you, we will work vigorously toward the acceptance of those precepts, and will fight those who oppose us. We would much prefer to work with you than against you. Will you join us, to our mutual benefit? £opied above is literature cir culated in Dallas at the convention j Your comments, suggestions, and efforts at dialog and discussion are welcome. Contact: Dr. Franklin E. Kameny, 5020 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016. Phone 202/362- 2211 or 202/363-3881. Miss. Barbara B. Gittings, 241 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19013. Phone 215/ LO7-5406. YOUNG LAWYERS § Adult Laws Resolution adopted by the Ex- exutive Council of the Young Lawyers section of the American Bar Association on May 20, 1972. WHEREAS the American Assembly at a meeting in New York, N.Y. on April 23-26, 1970, adopted the following resolution: "To diminish mental anguish and to improve the mental health of segments of society, we recommend the abolition of all existing laws concerning sexual behavior between consenting adults, without sacrificing protection for minors or public decorum," and WHEREAS the National Association for Mental Health, the American Psychiatric Association and the Task Force on Homosexuality of the National Institute of Mental Health have takei a similar position, and WHEREAS statutes and laws regulating sexual conduct between consenting adults violate the penumbra of rights known to American jurisprudence as a right of privacy, NOW, THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED, that the legislature of the several states are urged to repeal all laws which clasify as criminal conduct any form of sexual conduct between consenting adults, saving only those prions necessary to protect minors and to protect public decorum.
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