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
Gay Pride™ is subordination to the State and Empire.
Gay Pride™ is homage to capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy.
Gay Pride™ is co‐optation of queer radicalism by liberals, Democrats, academics, hipsters, and NGOs.
Gay Pride™ is the eradication of trans bodies and narratives, and queer militancies.
Gay Pride™ is gala events for the elite.
Gay Pride™ is walking past homeless queer youth.
Gay Pride™ is assimilation into straight society.
Gay Pride™ is corporate.
Gay Pride™ is destruction of queer histories of mutual‐aid, resistance, shame, promiscuity, creativity, humor, love, community, brutality, poverty, and disease.
Gay Pride™ is “we’re just like you”.
Gay Pride™ is safe, privileged, accommodationist, vanilla, temporary, and very boring.
Gay Pride™ is to ignore trans women of color being beat by police and murdered by street bigots.
Gay Pride™ is to achieve equality and sameness, to settle and be conditional, to compromise. Nothing more. Always less.
Gay Pride™ is forgetting about those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Gay Pride™ is “straight‐acting”, “masc only”, “promise I’m not that gay tho”, “sry no effeminate guys”, “not into Asians”, “prefer white guys”, “no fatties or trannies”.
Gay Pride™ is gender binary.
Gay Pride™ is on the sidewalk, obeying the police when they say the party is over.
Gay Pride™ is neglecting all of the queer and trans prisoners held captive by the State.
Gay Pride™ is marriage and military.
Gay Pride™ is poor people of color being pushed out of their neighborhoods by a white gay gentry.
Gay Pride™ is refusing to avenge religious fundamentalists who cause young queers to commit suicide.
Gay Pride™ is “things aren’t that bad in Russia.”
Gay Pride™ is being able to participate in the military‐industrial complex, kill and rape people in other countries in the name of “freedom”, yet be fired from a minimum wagejob in the US because of your sexuality and/or gender identity.
Gay Pride™ is giving a shit about corporate media and entertainment.
Gay Pride™ is pretending electoral politics will bring about social change.
Gay Pride™ is a rearranging of the existing social order only to accommodate a few, as opposed to collective liberation and dismantling of oppressive systems.
Gay Pride™ is nationalism.
Gay Pride™ is to water down and tranquilize ‐ to make “normal”.
Gay Pride™ is men and women who arm themselves to kill people who are deemed criminals, deviants, and terrorists by the State.
Gay Pride™ is business casual or muscle tees.
Gay Pride™ is the invisibilization of people of color.
Gay Pride™ is to dismiss queer Palestinians being murdered by the Israeli apartheid state.
Gay Pride™ is gay men being misogynist pigs and committing verbal, physical, and sexual violence against women and it being “okay” since they’re gay.
Gay Pride™ is obscuring histories of Western colonialism and silencing Indigenous voices.
Gay Pride™ is “speak English or go back to your country”.
Gay Pride™ is a mythology and an opiate.
— William Lukas, Artist
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nymphos & psychos…
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No Such Thing As Homosexuality Or Heterosexuality
Dr. Lawrence Lamb, MD | July 12, 1973
The Ledger | Lakeland, Florida
Before there was Queer Theory, there was… Dr. Lamb…
“Dr. Lamb is a board-certified internist and cardiologist and an established writer on medical subjects.”
An interesting insight into the thoughts of the early seventies on the origins of homosexuality, as offered by Dr. Lamb in his ‘Dear Abby’-esque column.
This was written the year prior to official removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders]. Cardiologist, Lamb begins:
“There is no such thing as a homosexual, a heterosexual or a unisexual… [ paraphrase: there are only hetero- homo- uni-sexual acts ] …Labels can do great harm and often are completely wrong.
Great… boo, labels… though the language reeks of the ‘love the sinner, not the sin’ variety.
The remaining twelve paragraphs outline the gamut of theories — from emotional immaturity, ‘it’s a phase’, ‘it’s a normal part of growing up’, a hormonal imbalance, social isolation and lack of ‘heterosexual opportunities, as in prison’ — and mentions Kinsey, to state in a manner ‘you’re not alone’.
Two tidbits of interest, while the theories of homo-determination are antiquated, Lamb advises:
…any parent who becomes concerned about whether the child is a homosexual or not should see a psychiatrist, not because the child has a problem but because the parents concerned often do.
Secondly, this article exemplifies the dominance of thought, literature and theory, that is devoted to causation of homosexuality over that of heterosexuality or ‘unisexuality.’
The human impetus to define and label what can be seen as aberrant, the Other, or counter-norm, in order — for those labeling — to find comfort and safety, is an intriguing one.