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We created a bit of an uproar, and that was our intention. Over the next few years, others followed.
More extreme measures included castrations and lobotomies. People who were spared the procedures faced other forms of torture.
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Greater acceptance of gay people became more normalized as the gay liberation movement gained steam after the Stonewall uprising. There, he skimmed the writings of two then-prominent psychiatrists — Dr. Irving Bieber and Dr. At the APA convention, activist and astronomer Frank Kameny demanded that the psychiatrists provide proof of their so-called theories that homosexuality was a mental illness — a request they were unable to fulfill. John Fryer — gave a speech describing both the challenges and the responsibilities gay psychiatrists faced, based on his own experiences. But it also underscores the courage that he summoned in making the decision to come out as a gay psychiatrist.
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New film chronicles fight to remove homosexuality's 'mental disorder' label