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Sam Waterston should play him in his biopic.
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.
I thought the APA removed our “disorder” from the DSM in 1973?
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.
@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.
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.
@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.
God bless him and his family. A true champion for gay rights, he walked that path so we didn’t have to.
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