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  1. Jim Brinning | March 25, 2017 at 9:12 am | Reply

    On March 20, Dr George Weinberg died. He was the author of “Society and the Healthy Homosexual” first published in 1972. I read it in 1973 when I was a desperate 20-year old.

    Dr Weinberg and that book saved my life.

    From my earliest memories I knew I was gay although I didn’t know it, I just knew there was something within me. But others knew both at home and school. I was bullied, called fairy and faggot, while I didn’t know what those terms meant, I still remember the dread that they contained a dark secret about me.

    Before I reached my teens I tried to kill myself. I swallowed a large bottle of aspirin. When my mother discovered what I did she rushed me to the local hospital where they pumped my stomach. While I never tried to commit suicide again, I did wish I was dead in the intervening years.

    My depression, alienation and fear impacted everything. By the time I graduated high school I now knew what those words meant and that I was one of them which only increased my despair. I went to George Washington University but lasted two weeks, afraid to be away from my chaotic home but returning to it in Montclair, NJ.

    The Stonewall rebellion occurred in 1969 and as a result gay people started to appear on the news, however infrequently and shown in a negative light. Why would anyone admit they were homosexual? Why would anyone be proud to be gay?

    I began to visit my hometown library in Montclair, NJ to read whatever I could on homosexuality. Never having the courage to check out any of the books, I made sure always to sit where no one could see what I was reading. They were filled with the most vile of things, while I knew I was gay I also knew nothing I read was true of me which worsened my confusion.

    Then I pulled from the shelves Dr Weinberg’s “Society and the Healthy Homosexual.” I could not believe my eyes. I read there was nothing wrong with me, just those who hated me. It was Dr Weinberg in that book that coined the word homophobia which is now part of our vocabulary.

    I hid the book in my jacket and took it back to my parents and read it numerous times in my bedroom. That book saved my life. It proved to be an emotional anchor to fill the hole that had long been my heart. It gave me the self-respect and courage to come out to my parents and friends. I am grateful to Dr Weinberg and “The Healthy Homosexual” for the life I have today. I am one of those Happy homosexuals in his book.

    Dr Weinberg saved my life.

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