Commemorating Dr. John Fryer

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Commemorating Dr. John Fryer

Tuesday, 10/3/17
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Event Type

Exhibit/Display
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
19107 Philadelphia , PA
Pennsylvania

To coincide with the dedication of a historic marker commemorating the work of Dr. John Fryer, HSP will have original documents on display from the Fryer collection.  The dedication will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd, at 12:30 p.m. on the northeast corner of 13th and Locust streets, diagonally across from HSP. The documents will be available to view from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 


Who Was Dr. Fryer? - In 1972, a disguised speaker – Dr. Anonymous (John Fryer) – addressed the American Psychiatric Association (APA) regarding its classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Until this time, homosexual men and women were considered ill, with the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual recommending "cures" including electro-shock therapy and lobotomy.

The following year, the APA removed the classification, the culmination of Dr. Anonymous' work as well as the efforts of protestors Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings.