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Departing from Deviance: A History of Homosexual Rights and Emancipatory Science in America

Henry L. Minton


The struggle to remove the stigma of sickness surrounding same-sex love has a long history. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its diagnostic classification of mental illness, but the groundwork for this pivotal decision was laid decades earlier. This book looks back at the struggle of the American gay and lesbian activists who chose scientific research as a path for advancing homosexual rights. It traces the history of gay and lesbian emancipatory research from its early beginnings in the late nineteenth century to its role in challenging the illness mode ... More

Keywords: homosexuality, American Psychiatric Association, mental illness, homosexual rights, sexology, scientific knowledge, gay liberation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226530437
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226304458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry L. Minton, author