Item: John Fryer diary entry, 1972
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Record Number: 8193
Author: John E. Fryer, 1937-2003
Date of Original: May 3 1972
Original Format: Manuscripts
Image description: This digital record contains two images of one entry from John E. Fryer's diary.
John E. Fryer, M.D. (November 7, 1938 – February 21, 2003) was an American psychiatrist and gay rights activist best known for his anonymous speech at the 1972 American Psychiatric Association annual conference where he appeared in disguise and under the name Dr H. Anonymous. This event has been cited as a key factor in the decision to de-list homosexuality as a mental illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The American Psychiatric Association John E. Fryer, M.D., Award is named in his honor.