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R.I.P: Pioneering Gay Psychiatrist Dr. Richard A. Isay Dead At 77

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By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jul 2, 2012
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  • 8 Comments
    • Making up stuff is fun!
      Making up stuff is fun!

      Sam Waterston should play him in his biopic.

      Jul 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Geoff
      Geoff

      What a shame that so few have bothered to ‘click’ on to this piece about a true unsung hero of the glbt movement. I read his obit in the Times last week, so I have to mention one small point, he ‘came out’ to his wife in 1980 and stayed married until 1989 to raise his two young children.

      Jul 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dirty Ole Man
      Dirty Ole Man

      I thought the APA removed our “disorder” from the DSM in 1973?

      Jul 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kergan Edwards-Stout
      Kergan Edwards-Stout

      I’m just glad that Queerty is actually posting something about an LGBT hero who folks should know. The more we can educate others, the better.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 12:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alexi3
      Alexi3

      @Dirty Ole Man: I had the same thought. Must look this up to make sure. In any event, he was a true hero and deserves to be remembered and honored for his accomplishments which have helped us in many varied and meaningful ways.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 2:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pat Denzer
      Pat Denzer

      You might want to read Chapter 4 of Homosexuality and American Psychiatry, The Politics of Diagnosis by Ronald Bayer. Ch.4 The American Psychiatric Association Under Attack: 1970 – 1972.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 9:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David
      David

      @Dirty Ole Man & @Alexi3 it’s a different APA. The American Psychiatric Association, who publish the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) removed homosexuality as a disorder in 1973.

      The other APA – American Psychoanalytic Association took a bit longer to come around. That’s the APA the article refers to.

      Jul 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brand
      Brand

      God bless him and his family. A true champion for gay rights, he walked that path so we didn’t have to.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 5:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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