from Political News
The October 2006 conference of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists will honor two key gay activists who helped engineer the removal of homosexuality from the DSM in 1973.
July 11, 2006 - The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP) will be participating in the 58th Institute on Psychiatric Services, October 5-8, 2006 in New York City.
The AGLP will give $50,000 to endow the John E. Fryer, M.D., award for the public figure who has done most to contribute to gay health. According to the AGLP, "Dr. Fryer was known as Dr. Anonymous when he gave a courageous speech at the 1972 APA Annual Meeting, which led to the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness."
Barbara Gittings and Franklin Kameny, Ph.D., who were on the same panel with Dr. Fryer in 1972 will receive this award at the New York meeting.
In addition, Kameny and Gittings will conduct a lecture titled, "Gay, Proud, and Healthy: From Heresy to Humdrum."
The AGLP conference will also conduct a workshop on October 7 titled, "Demons, Satan, Science, and Homosexuality," which will include the film, "Abomination: Homosexuality and the Ex-Gay Movement," focusing on the alleged harms of conversion or reparative therapy. Presenters will include Alicia Salzer, M.D., Mary Barber, and the Reverend Larry Waltz.