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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

I

twice assumed that

I

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–

ology,

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

my therapist's

theoretical outlook had so stereotyped his perceptions

as to lead him to deny reality.

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This particular incident led to my terminating ther–

apy, but in fact

I

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.

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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

few

happy

years in my life. Not that

I

have found bliss -exactly

the contrary,

I

am aware of enough real problems to

Amu~---------------------be confident that the happiness too is real.

I

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

first time

after

several years of well-adjusted heterosex-

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