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Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975 - File 006. 1975-03/1975-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 9, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/506/show/498.

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(1975-03/1975-04). Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975 - File 006. Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/506/show/498

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Title Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date March 1975-April 1975
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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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Title File 006
Transcript — BOOK REVIEW By Scott Stebelman the LIBRARY Society and the Healthy Homosexual Weinberg, George. Society and the Healthy Homosexual. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1972. Dr. George Weinberg is a New York psychotherapist who has been active in Gay Liberation for years. During this time he has counseled hundreds of homosexuals, whose problems have ranged from coming out, to telling their parents about their homosexuality, to coping with periodic lonliness. The product of this experience is Society and the Healthy Homosexual, a prescription for gay happiness and an analysis of why society denies it. Society persecutes gays because of religious commandments, because of latent homosexuality within itself, because homosexuals enjoy greater sexual and emotional freedom than most people, and because gays aren't concerned with perpetrating the species. But none of these arguments can marshall the weight of orthodox psychiatry, which maintains that homosexuality is a sickness in need of a cure. Weinberg's book was written before the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of character disorders, but there are still a number of practitioners, notably Irving Bicber, Charles Socraides and Albert Ellis. who subscribe to the sickness theory. Like others before him, Weinberg shows the inadequacy of their studies: a cross- section of homosexuals is never examined, only psychiatric patients who are emotionally disturbed; and conclusions are often arrived at deductively rather than inductively: if it is assumed beforehand that homosexuality is an illness, then patient behavior will be analyzed in this light. As to be expected, as soon as a cross-section of gays was studied (see Martin Weinberg's Male Homosexuals), it became apparent that they were just as healthy as their heterosexual counterparts. Given this mandate of health, what does Dr. Weinberg advise? No gay should ever internalize the prejudices of straight society; that is, no gay should ever see himself as bigoted straights do. He should renounce the image of the cowardly pansy, of the insecure, guilt-ridden neurotic, of the flighty, promiscuous bar hopper who is incapable of permanent relationships. Nor should he mimic straight stereotypes or values: he doesn't have to arm wrestle, or play football, or tinker with cars to prove he is a "regular fellow." If he likes (Continued on Page 8) "* Three Friendliest in Town ! JOE, TEX and TERRY TERRY S RANCH Happy Hour - Mon Fn 2 -8pm 25< draft beer TUE.-FUNNY MONEY Wednesday - \0< draft beer (KMort nite) .„ can beer •fter »pm ■ Keg party, 11pm Maple 9302 Thursday Sunday - Free draft beer 5pm and 11pm slave *U<.T ION-1000 Dallas'Original Bfetfrn Bar M0NDAV \: The Western Man's Bar COMMUNITY MEWS 'MARCH-APR!! 75 5
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