Time Magazine, February 12, 1965 carried an article “Homosexuals Can Be Cured” in which a Doctor Samuel B. Hadden argued that the influence of Freud and the number of homosexuals who believed themselves to be happy that way meant that few cures were attempted. He worked mainly with men because he had never had enough lesbian “patients”. At that time the opinion of the psychiatric and psychological establishments was still that homosexual orientation was pathological.
Time Magazine, October 31, 1969 carried another article, “Are Homosexuals Sick?” The magazine asked eight experts, two of whom were described as “admitted homosexuals”, to a symposium in New York City where they discussed the question.
This debate was very different in tone. I am struck by the attitude of Rev. Robert Weeks, who spoke of two men of his acquaintance who had been together for many years: ” Both of them are very happy and very much in love. They asked me to bless their marriage, and I am going to do it.”
Which brings us right up to date, really!