Unpacking a Psychiatrist: The 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous

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Unpacking a Psychiatrist: The 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous

Wednesday, 10/14/15 5:30 pm - Wednesday, 11/25/15 11:30 pm

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Exhibit/Display

In 1972, a disguised speaker – Dr. Anonymous – 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. 

But who was Dr. Anonymous, the man behind the oversize suit, Richard Nixon mask, and voice modulator?  HSP's newest document display illuminates the man behind the mask. Temple professor and psychiatrist Dr. John Ercel Fryer.