Gay History – October 24th: Mark Antony Was A Bottom, Paul Lynde, and READ: TIME Magazine’s “The Homosexual in America.”

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. The TIME magazine article is from January 21, 1966
    An APA citing of the article is as follows:
    THE HOMOSEXUAL IN AMERICA. (1966). Time, 87(3), 52.

    While the article wasn’t release this “this day in history” it is an interesting take on public opinion at the time.

  2. Chris Bram says:

    No, the magazine was 1969. I was a senior in high school. I remember the cover well. I also remember a quote from a wonderful poem by Auden.

  3. atlavocat says:

    Freud’s “Letter to an American Mother” of 1935

    Dear Mrs….

    I gather from your letter that your son is a homosexual. I am most impressed by the fact that you do not mention this term yourself in your information about him. May I question you, why you avoid it? Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation, it cannot be classified as an illness; we consider it to be a variation of the sexual function produced by a certain arrest of sexual development. Many highly respectable individuals of ancient and modern times have been homosexuals, several of the greatest men among them (Plato, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.). It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime, and cruelty too. If you do not believe me, read the books of Havelock Ellis.

    By asking me if I can help, you mean, I suppose, if I can abolish homosexuality and make normal heterosexuality take its place. The answer is, in a general way, we cannot promise to achieve it. In a certain number of cases we succeed in developing the blighted germs of heterosexual tendencies which are present in every homosexual, in the majority of cases it is no more possible. It is a question of the quality and the age of the individual. The result of treatment cannot be predicted.

    What analysis can do for your son runs in a different line. If he is unhappy, neurotic, torn by conflicts, inhibited in his social life, analysis may bring him harmony, peace of mind, full efficiency whether he remains a homosexual or gets changed. . . .

    Sincerely yours with kind wishes,
    Freud”

  4. atlavocat says:

    If you want to read the most progressive, modern, up-to-date, theories about homosexuality, check out “The Riddle of ‘Man-Manly’ Love” by Karl Heinrich Ulrichs in the 1870’s. He was the first to say that LGBT people were “born that way” and there may be a genetic basis.

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