adequately counsel homosexuals. Returning home, I
related the incident to my therapist. His reply was that
my caller had been a psychologist, not a psychoanalyst.
Suppose he had been one? My therapist replied that
there were no homosexual psychoanalysts. In fact, he
repeated this three times, as
twice assumed that
had heard him wrong. Some psychoanalysts, he added,
did "decompensate" and become active homosexuals
- but they "stopped being psychoanalysts."
It may be true that psychoanalysts found out as
gay are forced to give up practice- but my therapist
had claimed much more. If homosexuality is a path–
there can be
no homosexual psychoanalysts.
(Every prospective analyst must be analysed; an analy–
sis whose subject remains homosexual is, by definition,
unsuccessful.) The conclusion was that
theoretical outlook had so stereotyped his perceptions
as to lead him to deny reality.
This particular incident led to my terminating ther–
apy, but in fact
had been moving in that direction for
years- every step I took toward living my life as a
homosexual, toward being less concealing, toward be–
ing, finally, openly and proudly gay, was a step toward
ending a "therapy" which encouraged none of this.
Even during the few weeks in which I was making the
decision to join Gay Liberation, my therapist, while not
actively attempting to dissuade me, cautioned me - it
was another of my comrades in the revolutionary move–
ment who, viewing my condition as one of oppression,
urged me toward this step.
I, of course, chose on the basis of my inclinations,
and I have only my life to offer as evidence that my
choice was correct. The last year has been not so much
one of the happiest of my life, as one of the
years in my life. Not that
have found bliss -exactly
am aware of enough real problems to
Amu~---------------------be confident that the happiness too is real.
do not believe this happiness would have been pre–
dicted by my therapists. (Similarly the experience of
several Gay Liberation activists who, with relatively
little psychic strain, ''came out" as homosexuals for the
several years of well-adjusted heterosex-
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