by Brian Cheek
I HATE STRAIGHTS flyer
Queer Nation New York, 1991
Gay, Proud, and Healthy!
Headline that became a rallying cry attributed to Barbara Gittings, who co-authored with Frank Kameny this handout at the 1972 American Psychiatric Association Convention in Dallas.
Dr. John E. Fryer, MD, psychiatrist/activist
[November 7, 1938 - February 21, 2003]
John E. Fryer, Vanderbilt student photo, September 15, 1957
Vanderbilt Department of Medical Illustration,
“Medical School Student Pictures, 1957: J.E. Fryer,”
VUMC Through Time, accessed July 12, 2014
Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections
Fifteen years later, would give a speech at the American Psychiatric Association annual conference, as Dr. H. Anonymous, which began: “I am a homosexual. I am a psychiatrist…”
The sickness label was an albatross around the neck of our early gay rights groups — it infected all our work on other issues. Anything we said on our behalf could be dismissed as ‘That’s just your sickness talking.’ The sickness label was used to justify discrimination, especially in employment, and especially by our own government.
— Barbara Gittings
The Vote that ‘Cured’ Millions,
The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, July 2007
Are Homosexuals Neurotic?
ONE Magazine cover, volume 3, number 4, April 1955