Changing Views on Homosexuality
Almost 40 years ago psychiatrist John Fryer spoke before the American Psychiatric Association (APA) wearing a mask to hide his identity. Being announced only as "Dr. H. Anonymous," Fryer announced he was a homosexual. He later was forced to resign his residency at the University of Pennsylvania and fired from Friends Hospital when officials learned of his sexual orientation. The APA recently made headlines when Robert Spitzer repudiated his 2002 study that had said reparative therapy is effective.
That's History examines the relationship between the APA and different viewpoints of the homosexual community. The Historical Society's collection include the papers of John Fryer. Please visit the library at 1300 Locust Street or search our collections online.
First page of John Fryer's speech delivered as Dr. H. Anonymous
Brochure for the Fourth Annual Reminder Day for Homosexual Rights
About the Author
That's History was a biweekly radio segment co-produced by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and WHYY featuring historian Jonathan Zimmerman that aired from 2011 to 2012. That’s History took an event, issue or person in the news, and looked back into history for echoes, parallels, roots and lessons.