The Constitution of Queer Identity in the 1972 APA Panel, "Psychiatry: Friend or Foe to Homosexuals? A Dialogue"
Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Communication Studies
Casey Charles, Steve Schwarze
coming out, consciousness raising, constitutive rhetoric, Fryer, gay rights movement, homophile movement, homosexuality, Kameny, metaphor, queer theory
University of Montana
This thesis offers a rhetorical criticism of two speeches delivered from a 1972 panel at the American Psychiatric Association (APA): Franklin Kameny’s “Gay, Proud and Healthy” and John Fryer’s “I am a Homosexual.” Both speeches seek to challenge heteronormative constructions of homosexuality through the construction of a positive homosexual identity. Kameny’s speech uses an extensive set of metaphors to deconstruct the sickness theory of homosexual, challenge the role psychiatrists should play in society, re-conceptualize sexuality, and empower homosexual identity. Fryer’s speech enacts a constitutive rhetoric through the use of consciousness raising strategies and a collective coming out narrative which creates a motivated subject position. Both speeches worked as part of a larger movement to try and delist homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Schneider, Dustin Vern Edward, "The Constitution of Queer Identity in the 1972 APA Panel, "Psychiatry: Friend or Foe to Homosexuals? A Dialogue"" (2013). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4179.
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