To say time flies means that it ceases to have any specificity or urgency. Westerners tend to think of this as meditative—what happens when you’ve gone exploring in the computer, or you’re deep into a really good book, or falling madly in love. It’s unusual, something other than the ordinary temporal sensibility that gets us to work, the kids to school, the assignments done, the dinneron the table. How paradoxical, then, that the most rewarding and satisfying activities are those where it seems as if time ceases to exist. — Marcia Tucker, 1996*
I am homosexual, I am a psychiatrist. I, like most of you in this room, am a member of the [AmericanPsychiatricAssociation] and am proud of that membership.However, tonight, I am insofar as it is possible, a we.— Dr. John E. Fryer, aka Dr. HenryAnonymous
So began Dr. Fryer’s 1972 speech at the APA convention in Dallas. Wearing a rubber mask and speaking through a voice-altering device, Fryer anonymously addressed a panel titled Psychiatry: Friend or Foe to the Homosexual? A Dialogue.
(Since 1952, the APA had classified homosexuality as a “sociopathic personality disorder”—a diagnosis, paradoxically, welcomed at the time by many in the gay community, who saw it as a step up from the then prevailing view of queerness as a criminal perversion.)
Dr. Fryer was convinced he needed his disguise to keep medical license, but his courageous speech struck the convention like a bolt of lightening, and the following year the APA removed homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Writer-director Ain Gordon went through Dr. Fryer’s personal papers to create 217 BOXES OF DR. HENRY ANONYMOUS, onstage this weekend at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. This conceptual theater piece focuses on three people in Dr. Fryer’s life: his secretary Katherine M. Luder (played by Laura Esterman), his father Ercel Fryer (Ken Marks), and one of his patients, Alfred A. Gross (Derek Lucci)—a fascinating character who, among other things, assisted doctors working with the Selective Service System to weed out potential gay troops leading up to World War II, during which time Gross was accused of “fraternization” with a number of his interlocutors.
Join Cedar Sigo—Suquamish poet, author of Royals and Language Arts, and editor of JoanneKyger—There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera and the forthcoming NortonAnthology of Native American Poetry—for “Shadows Crossing: Tones of Voice Continued,” part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series at Redcat.
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