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How did Pride Month become ubiquitous? To find the answer, we tell the story of the rise of the Alphabet Movement…and how a seminal battle led to its eventual mainstreaming. Most people think they know the intention of Pride Month. But the true purpose behind the rainbow has been hidden from you…until now.

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Speaker 1 (00:54):
Red Pilled America has no interest in what consenting adults
do in the privacy of their own bedroom as long
as it's legal, moral, and no one is hurt. But
the topic we address in this episode left the bedroom
and entered our children's journey long ago, and people that
choose to remain silent on that migration own part of
the blame for the decay in American culture. Today, silence

is no longer an option. The content of this episode
may disturb some people. Listener discretion is advised.

Speaker 2 (01:26):
On an unusually called Miami Day, in nineteen seventy seven,
a team of activists proposed a radical new law. The
law would require Christian schools to hire known homosexuals in
elementary school teaching positions.

Speaker 3 (01:39):
Made over the controversial lawdinance through the largest crowd of
citizens ever seen of a Metro Commission public carry.

Speaker 2 (01:44):
One woman stepped up to fight the new ordinance. She
believed it would change the fabric of America. Her name
was Anita Bryant.

Speaker 4 (01:52):
I believe I have that right that I can and
do say no to a very serious moral issue that
would violate my rights and the rights of all the
decent and morally upstanding citizens, regardless of their race or religion, and.

Speaker 2 (02:09):
Her words would spark a firestorm that Americans are still
fighting to this day.

Speaker 1 (02:18):
I'm Patrick CARELCI and I'm Adriana Cortes, and.

Speaker 2 (02:21):
This is red pilled America a storytelling show.

Speaker 1 (02:25):
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We're all about telling stories.

Speaker 2 (02:30):
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Speaker 1 (02:34):
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Speaker 2 (02:39):
You can think of Red Pilled America as audio documentaries,
and we promise only one thing, the truth. Welcome to
Red Pilled America come every June. The term Pride Month

seems to be everywhere. It's at the grocery store, on
your favorite streaming service, and has even made it into
the kids section at Target.

Speaker 5 (03:17):
They decided to willingly partner with this clothing manufacturer to
make Pride Month gear that includes bathing suits that are
quote talk friendly.

Speaker 2 (03:27):
How did this happen? How did Pride Month become ubiquitous?
To find the answer, we're going to tell the story
of the rise of the Pride movement and how a
seminole battle led to its eventual mainstreaming. Much of what
you think you know about Pride Month has been a
whitewashing to hide the true purpose behind the Alphabet movement.
That is, until.

Speaker 1 (03:48):
Now the story of Anita Bryant's battle with the LGBTQ
community is a story of bravery and personal sacrifice. From
the beginning of their movement, gay activist assured a weary
but tolerant American public that all they wanted was to

be left alone. They framed their battle as a civil
rights effort, and at the time it was an attractive
cloak to a country in the middle of a cultural revolution.
But in the fall of nineteen seventy six, the alphabet
people's cloak dropped a bit, revealing an ulterior campaign that
appeared to be far more than a quest to be

left alone. The gay community seemed to be making a
play for the kids, and a faith based community led
by Anita Bryant, stood up and said, no, not one
more step. To understand Anita's battle, you first have to
understand the state of the movement she came up against.
And that's a story that takes us almost all the

way back to the very beginning. It may be hard
for some to believe, but there was a time when
the LGBTQ community we're not a part of mainstream America.
In fact, that was the case for most of recorded history,
going back as far as the Old Testament, human civilization
has had a pretty clear opinion on gay sexual acts.

The Book of Levitichus from the Old Testament states, if
a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with
a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They
shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be
upon them. Pretty harsh, but there isn't much left up
for interpretation moving forward. As recent as the late nineteen sixties,

the gay community was not only considered a French group,
it was branded with a much more damaging label.

Speaker 6 (05:41):
Homosexuality is in fact the mental illness which has reached
epidemiological proportions.

Speaker 1 (05:48):
That's the late doctor Charles W. Socarids in nineteen sixty seven,
speaking about gay men. At the time. Doctor Socarids was
a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein
School of Medicine and one of two leading clinical experts

on what was commonly referred to at the time as homosexuality.

Speaker 6 (06:14):
The aim of the homosexual act, paradoxically enough, is to
seek masculinity, and that in essence, the homosexual, in having
homosexual contacts, is really achieving masculinity through identification with his partner.
One thinks ordinarily that he is becoming feminine, but in

fact he is attempting to achieve the very thing that
he felt he was so lacking in childhood. One cannot
be seduced into becoming homosexual. One develops homosexuality as a
result of early childhood fears that we have mentioned before.
Certainly there are individuals, however, with a weakened sexual organization,

who barely functioning heterosexually and who may have strong desires
for homosexual partner. And it is those individuals who, when
they seduced, can become homosexual.

Speaker 1 (07:13):
Doctor Socarreads came to his conclusions based on his experience
working with gay men. By his account, he'd analyzed some
seventy five homosexuals and consulted with a thousand more. The
other renowned clinical expert of homosexuality in the nineteen sixties
was doctor Irvin Bieber, professor of clinical psychiatry at New
York Medical College. By the late nineteen sixties, both doctor

Socarreatis and doctor Bieber had treated gay men who had
some personal turmoil with their homosexuality and were looking to
become at ease with these inner desires. Through their interactions
with their patients, predominantly men, Both psychiatrists came to a
similar conclusion on the roots of homosexuality for a large
segment of their ilk. Doctor Bieber explained that conclusion in

nineteen sixty seven.

Speaker 7 (08:01):
The fundamental framework is forged within the family setting between
the parent child relationship. A typical mother see it falls
in this group, is a mother who establishes an over
close relationship with this son. She is generally overprotecting, over
fearful of his getting into injury, tends to play her

part in isolating him from the peer group in the
sense of these boys are not gentlemanly enough.

Speaker 8 (08:36):
They're not refined enough, they're.

Speaker 7 (08:38):
Rough necks, and she tends to discourage subtly his participation
in rough and tumble activity. She's over close, over intimate.
She frequently prefers this son to her other children. She
often prefers this son to her husband ex spelifically and

often the father and typical and since is detached from
this son, not from all his sons, but from this son,
spends little time with him. He not infrequently minimizes the son,
his contemptuous son, humiliates him as competitive with him, and
resons the position put in by the mother, creating this

coupling between the mother and this son.

Speaker 1 (09:31):
Now at the time. In the late nineteen sixties, the
psychiatric community almost unanimously aligned with both doctor Socherds and
doctor Bieber, including the main professional organization of psychiatrists in
the United States, the American Psychiatric Association, or APA for short.
In nineteen fifty two, the APA began publishing the Diagnostic

and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as the DSM.
The DSM was basically a listing and diagnosis of mental disorders.
In the first publication of the Spaniel DSM IE, the
APA listed homosexuality as a mental disorder, specifically labeling it
as sociopathic personality disturbance. The American public of the nineteen

fifties generally aligned with this view that homosexuality was indeed
a mental disorder, one that needed to be rooted out
of society or at the very least kept out of
public view. By the mid nineteen sixties, at the height
of the Sexual Revolution, some within the gay community were
getting tired of living in the closet and slowly started

to become more public with their sexual behavior. Homosexuals in
cities like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and
even Miami slowly began to build their own parallel communities. Now,
this effort was initially viewed as problematic for law enforcement,
especially those charged with finding and arresting child molesters, because
they connected that deplorable criminal activity to the rise in

homosexual prominence. In one nineteen sixty six program aired on
NBC's Miami affiliate, a detective was shown using fear tactics
as a mechanism to get middle schoolers to steer away
from gay activity.

Speaker 9 (11:17):
There may be some in this auditorium. There may be
some here today that will be homosexual in the future.
There are a lot of kids here. There may be
some girls that will turn lesbian. We don't know, but
it's serious. Don't kid yourselves about it. They can be anywhere.
They can be judges, lawyers.

Speaker 6 (11:35):
We ought to know.

Speaker 9 (11:35):
We've arrested all of them. So if any one of
you have let yourself become involved with an adult homosexual
or with another boy, and you're doing this on a
regular basis, you'd better stop quick, because one out of
three of you will turn queer. And if we catch
you in vow with a homosexual, your parents are going

to know about it first, and you will be caught.
Don't think if you won't be caught, because this is
one thing you cannot get away with. This is one
thing that if you don't get caught by us, you'll
be caught by yourself, and the rest of your life
will be a living hell.

Speaker 1 (12:10):
Homosexuality had become such a visibly growing phenomenon in major
cities that a national TV network produced a special dedicated
to the topic.

Speaker 3 (12:18):
Homosexuality is an enigma. Even in this era of bold
sexual moras, it remains a subject that people find disturbing embarrassing.

Speaker 1 (12:27):
In nineteen sixty seven, CBS News broadcast is special entitled
The Homosexuals, hosted by famed reporter Mike Wallace. In it,
the special portrayed homosexuality as an oddity or worse, there is.

Speaker 3 (12:41):
A growing concern about homosexuals in society about their increasing visibility.
In preparing this broadcast, CBS News commission to survey by
the Opinion Research Corporation into public attitudes toward homosexuality. We
discovered that Americans consider homosexuality more harmful to society than
adultery or prostitution. Most Americans are repelled by the mere

notion of homosexuality the CBS new survey shows that two
out of three Americans look upon homosexuals with disgusted, discomfort,
or fear. One out of ten says hatred. A vast
majority believe that homosexuality is an illness. Only ten percent
say it is a crime. And here's the paradox. The
majority Americans favor legal punishment even for homosexual acts performed

in private between consenting adupts.

Speaker 1 (13:37):
By modern standards, the nineteen sixty seven CBS special would
have gotten Mike Wallace canceled.

Speaker 3 (13:42):
Today, the average homosexual, if there be such, is promiscuous.
He is not interested in or capable of a lasting
relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage. His sex life
is love life consists of a series of chances, encounters
at the clubs and bars, the inhabits, and even on

the streets of the city. And the homosexual prostitute has
become a fixture in the downtown streets at night, pond
street corners, at subway exits. These young men signal their
availability for pay. But there are tens of thousands of
homosexuals who deplore the tawdry image of the so called
gay life.

Speaker 1 (14:24):
The program portrayed the homosexual community as predominantly a phenomenon
of major cities.

Speaker 3 (14:30):
This much is certain. Male homosexuals in America number in
the millions, and their number is growing. They are attracted
mostly to the anonymity that a big city gives them
New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco. The promissiveness and
the variety of the city draw them.

Speaker 1 (14:48):
The show even featured the two leading clinical experts on
homosexuality of the era, doctor Weaver and doctor soccer Reads.

Speaker 3 (14:56):
Doctor Charles soccer Readis is a New York psychoanalyst, a
clinicalist distant professor of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein School
of Medicine. Here, lecturing to a group of resident psychiatrists
on homosexuality.

Speaker 5 (15:08):
I was wondering, if you think that there are any
quotes happy homosexuals for whom homosexuality would be, in a
way their best adjustment to life.

Speaker 6 (15:17):
The fact that somebody's homosexual, a true obligatory homosexual, automatically
rules out the possibility that he will remain happy for long.
In my opinion, the stresses and strains the psychic apparatus
is subjected to over the years will cause him in time.
I think to have increasing difficulties. I think the uh

whole idea of saying the happy homosexual is to uh
again create UH mythology about the nature of homosexuality.

Speaker 3 (15:50):
It should be pointed out that doctor Scheridi's views are
not universally held. There is a smaller group who do
not consider homosexuality in illness at all. Instead, they regarded
as a deviation within the range of normalcy. But the
thrust of diagnosis and treatment in recent years has been
mainly along the lines that soccer Redi's details given. Although
the prognosis for cure is uncertain, some studies indicate that

as many as one third of those who seek help
eventually become heterosexual.

Speaker 1 (16:19):
The year after the special aired, nineteen sixty eight, the
American Psychiatric Association published its second Bible of Mental Disorders.
They again included homosexuality as a mental disorder, but this
time reclassified it as a sexual deviation. However, while the
majority of Americans, the medical community, and even the establishment

media all maintained that homosexuality was an abnormality that needed
to be rejected and contained, there was a parallel effort brewing,
one that was determined to normalize the gay lifestyle.

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Welcome back to red pilled America. So by the late
nineteen sixties, American citizens, the medical community, and even the
establishment media almost unanimously viewed homosexuality as an abnormality that
needed to be rejected and contained. But at the same time,
there was an effort under way to normalize the gay lifestyle,

an effort that had been in motion for decades. In
nineteen forty eight, so called American sexologist Alfred Kinsey published
his seminal report entitled Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.
In it, Kinsey claimed that anywhere between ten to as
much as thirty seven percent of men he'd surveyed had
engaged in homosexual acts. It was a shocking finding. Kinsey

claimed that his research was a carefully planned population survey,
but much of his findings would later be debunked due
to gross sampling bias. One investigation found Kinsey's results from
a male INTERVIEWEE sample contained quote approximately twenty five percent

prisoners or ex prisoners, an abnormal percentage of sex offenders,
and other sexually unconventional groups in numbers unrepresentative of society.
End quote. Nevertheless, the Kinsey Reports, as they'd come to
be known, provided gay activists the scientific credibility they needed
to argue that their abnormal sexual behavior was actually quite common.

By the mid nineteen sixties, the gay community in places
like Miami were beginning to coalesce around this idea, albeit
under the mainstream radar. A nineteen sixty six local Miami
News special featured one of the first openly gay males
on television.

Speaker 8 (19:50):
Richard Enmann, president of the Mattachine Society of Florida, whose
goal is to legalize homosexuality between consenting adults, was a
reluctant participant in tonight's program.

Speaker 2 (20:00):
In Men gave his view on why more gay people
weren't coming out.

Speaker 10 (20:04):
And present laws give the adult homosexual only the choice
of being, to simplify the matter, heterosexual and legal or
homosexual and illegal. This to a homosexual is no choice
at all.

Speaker 2 (20:18):
In Men did want to legalize homosexuality between consenting adults,
but assured the public that that was the extent of
his organization's efforts.

Speaker 10 (20:26):
What type of laws are you opted, Well, let me say,
first of all, what type of laws we are not after,
Because there has been much to do that the society
was in favor of the legalization of marriage between homosexuals
and the adoption of children, and such as that, and
that is not at all factual at all. Homosexuals do

not want that. You might find some fringe character someplace
who says that that's what he wants.

Speaker 2 (20:54):
Soon after being featured in the report, Richard Inman left
the public stage, but others would come forward to argue
for the normalcy of their sexual orientation. Around the time
of Inman's public outing, unofficial gay bars were popping up
in places like New York City's Greenwich Village. At one location,

called the Julius Bar, management actively tried to shew away
the exclusively gay crowd that frequented their watering hole, and
they had the legal right to do so. At the time,
the New York State Liquor Authority had a rule prohibiting
the serving of alcoholic beverages to an exclusively gay crowd
on the basis that they were considered disorderly. So to

challenge the rule, the NYC chapter of the Metachine Society
staged what they called a protest sip in. In April
nineteen sixty six, a court sided with the protesters, ruling
that gays could peacefully assemble at bars. The next year

in CBS News is The Homosexual Special, the same show
that labeled the gay community as mentally ill. A member
of the group that organized the sip In protest openly
professed the normalcy of the gay lifestyle.

Speaker 5 (22:13):
Now, I know myself from my own standpoint and speaking
of other people, that I know that the innermost aspects
of a person's personality is his sexual orientation. And I
can't imagine myself in giving this up. And I don't
think most other people who are sure of their sexuality,
whether they're homosexuals or heterosexuals, could imagine giving that up either.

Speaker 2 (22:34):
Even with the public sentiment overwhelmingly opposed to their lifestyle,
more and more gaye began to come out of the closet.
Other gay bars began to pop up as well, including
a place called the Stone Wall Inn in Greenwich Village.
By nineteen sixty nine, the Stone Wall was a cornerstone
of the gay community in New York City, But the

problem was that the bar operated without a liquor license
and was even purportedly allowing patrons who were under the
legal drinking age to frequent their establishment. As a result,
it was subject to frequent police raids. On June twenty eighth,
nineteen sixty nine, when police came to finally shut it down,
as the story goes, several transgenders resisted the raid. One

such trans patron was Sylvia Rivera. Born a biological male,
Sylvia ran away from home at the young age of
ten years old, then shortly after became a gay child prostitute.
At the time of the raid, Sylvia was still under
the legal drinking age. In other words, the Stonewall Inn

had the kind of clientele that made the bar ripe
for a raid, whether its patrons were gay or straight. Well.
As the police attempted to shut down the stone Wall
In a riot broke out. A riot instigated by Silvia
Rivera and a drag queen prostitute named Malcolm Michael Junior.

The incident became known as the Stonewall Riots. The gay
movement of the time ignored the establishment's obvious disregard for
the law and instead painted themselves as victims. The clash
erupted into more protests the following night and again a
few days later. When the dust settled. The two gay

prostitutes that sparked. The riot launched the Gay Liberation Front,
demanding to resume their openly gay lifestyle and presumably their
paid sex acts without fear of being arrested. Within months,
gay newspapers popped up, and they all began to promote
a special event to mark the year anniversary of the
Stonewall riots. On June twenty eighth, nineteen seventy, the first

gay Pride marches were held in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles,
and New York City. The Pride movement was born when
clashes arose between them. This new Pride movement and the police,
and gay activists used the conflict to make their demands.

Speaker 11 (25:05):
All over the past year, homosexuals have been coming out
into public, refusing to hide in the closets.

Speaker 5 (25:11):
As we say, what do you want the police to do?

Speaker 11 (25:14):
We want them off our backs, We want them stop harassing,
to stop pushing us around.

Speaker 2 (25:19):
Gay urbanites began publicly coming out in droves. As they did,
the alphabet community started to feel some strength in numbers,
so they embarked on another effort, a campaign they felt
they had to win. As we mentioned in nineteen fifty

two and again in nineteen sixty eight, the American Psychiatric
Association had listed homosexuality as a mental disorder in its
Official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM. Remember,
the DSM was and is a manual published by the
APA that provides criteria for the diagnosis and classification of

mental disorders. Homosexuality could never be accepted as normal to
the American public if it were listed as a sickness.
Anyone debating the subject could always just cite the documented
stance of the psychiatric community, and they did. In late
nineteen seventy one, a group of lesbians appeared on a

popular talk show called The David Seskind Show to discuss homosexuality.
As the discussion progressed, David Sesskind made his feelings on
the subject.

Speaker 12 (26:33):
Known as.

Speaker 2 (26:38):
One of the lesbians, a Reverend Marjora Kennedy snapped back, it.

Speaker 3 (26:43):
Maybe it makes you feel good to be able to
say that we are sick of it.

Speaker 13 (26:46):
You know it's important, Reverend Kennedy, I told you why
several times in the audience hoops and howls, and you've
refuted and deny it. And that has to do with
the body of medical evidence suggests.

Speaker 3 (27:01):
Possible that the body of medical evidence could be wrong.

Speaker 2 (27:04):
Before the show concluded, one of the lesbians, a woman
named Barbara Gettings, revealed an effort that was under way.

Speaker 12 (27:11):
The body of knowledge had to be challenged.

Speaker 5 (27:14):
Can I say that the body of knowledge which claims
sickness for homosexuality has to be challenged?

Speaker 3 (27:19):
Society had to be enlightened.

Speaker 2 (27:21):
Gay activists understood that in order for their lifestyle to
be normalized, the psychiatric classification of homosexuality as a mental
disorder had to be removed from the DSM. If it
were removed, they could get jobs teaching children, practicing psychiatry,
or any other number of jobs that denied positions to
the mentally disturbed. The problem was that in nineteen seventy,

by one estimate, as many as ninety nine percent of
APA members believed homosexuality was a pathology. Even gay psychiatrists
held that position. So the APA delisting homosexuality from its
list of mental disorders appeared to be an impossibility. But

gay activists had a plan to make the impossible inevitable.
They decided to embark on a shock campaign. In May
nineteen seventy, the APA held its annual national convention in
San Francisco, then and now practically the official headquarters of
the LGBTQ community. In modern terms, the APA holding their

conference in the Bay Area would be like police officers
organizing a how to chokeholding seminar at this site of
George Floyd's death. Gay activists seized on the proximity opportunity.
As The Washington Post reported at the time, quote the
Gay Liberation and the women Allies outshrinked the headshrinkers today

and took over the American Psychiatric Association session on sex
and the gay activists slipped into the convention and shouted
down speakers. They targeted the clinical expert featured in CBS's
nineteen sixty seven The Homosexual Special Doctor Bieber, shouting him
down with profanity laced insults. Pandemonium ensued. Stunned by the chaos,

many of the five hundred gathered psychiatrists began leaving, with
law enforcement on site and guards checking credentials. Some were
wondering how the gay activists got in, But what the
conference organizers didn't know was that there was a movement
afoot within their ranks. Closeted gay and lesbians within the
APA wanted to force change within their field, so some

of them gave the gay activists insider information about the
conference and even slipped them press passes. Their goal was
to bully the psychiatrists with a shock campaign so that
they'd feel enough pressure to remove homosexuality from the DSM.
The gay activists began following around the APA. Fueled by
their success, the gay activists infiltrated another APA meeting, this

time in Chicago. During an APA meeting at the University
of Southern California, they disrupted a report on homosexuality. Then,
at the APA's nineteen seventy one annual conference, Barbara Gettings,
the lesbian that initially revealed their plan, and another gay
activist infiltrated an APA speech. Gidding's colleague grabbed the microphone
and warned the crowd. Psychiatry is the enemy. Incarnate psychiatry

has waged a relentless war of extermination against us. You
may take this as a declaration of war against you.
The shock troops even personally targeted doctor Charles Socaridi's with
threats and insults.

Speaker 14 (30:45):
All kinds of things, that you're killing the gay man,
that you're persecuting us. You ought to be dad, I
mean things like that, all kinds of death threats.

Speaker 2 (30:53):
He would later express the dismay that he and his
colleagues were feeling all.

Speaker 14 (30:57):
Of itself the same way it was dismal to be
accused of something that you're innocent of.

Speaker 2 (31:02):
Activists threatened to sabotage the upcoming nineteen seventy two annual
conference in Dallas if the APA didn't include representatives of
the gay movement in the meeting's homosexuality session, and that's
when the APA cracked. Instead of reporting the threats to
law enforcement, the APA helped Barbara Gettings organize a panel

at the next annual conference in Dallas. The title of
the panel was psychiatry Friend or Foe to the Homosexual
For many of the seasoned APA psychiatrists, like doctor Socaridis,
the move was shocking. How could the APA allow these
shock troops to take over their science focused conference. Well,

what doctor Socarides and others may not have known was
that there was a movement quietly taking place within the
APA's leadership, a leftist movement with a radical agenda.

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Pilled America. So after gay activists grabbed the microphone at
an APA meeting and declared war on psychiatrists, the Medical
Association made a startling move. It helped the same activists
that threaten them organize a panel at the next conference
in nineteen seventy two. For many of the seasoned APA psychiatrists,

like doctor Soccerati's, the move was shocking. How could the
APA allow these shock troops to take over their science
focused conference. Well, what doctor Soccertis and others may not
have known was that there was a movement quietly taking
place within the APA's leadership.

Speaker 15 (33:57):
It met at our house, and that's how I came
to know them and to know what they were trying
to achieve.

Speaker 1 (34:06):
That's the son of John P. Spiegel, an APA member.
In nineteen seventy two, as the gay community began to
target the Medical Association, a group of like minded APA
psychiatrists started to meet at John P. Spiegel's home. They
were all supporters of the leftist revolution happening all across America,
the Marxist uprisings on college campuses, and the anti war

and feminist movements of the time. This small group of
doctors wanted to make a radical change within the APA. Namely,
they wanted to replace the more conservative leadership with the
new generation that aligned with their liberal social views. Unbeknownst
to the gay activist storming conferences from the outside. They
were getting help from the inside now that they had

a seat. At the nineteen seventy two psychiatric conference in
Dallas that gay activists devised a genius plan. Barbara Gettings
contacted a gay psychiatrist. His name was John Fryar. According
to Fryar, he'd recently lost several jobs due to the
fact that he was suspected of being gay. At the time,
homosexuals were prohibited from being psychiatrists. Giddings asked Friar to

speak at the conference. He initially turned her down. If
it became known that he was in fact gay, he'd
never be hired again. So Gettings came up with a plan.
Fryar would alter his voice on the panel microphone, dress
in a big, baggy suit to hide his physique, and
most importantly, he'd outfit himself with a mask to disguise

his face. Instead of using his real name, they called
him doctor Henry Anonymous.

Speaker 8 (35:43):
My first reaction was no way.

Speaker 1 (35:46):
That's John Fryar. In a two thousand and two interview
with This American Life, but.

Speaker 10 (35:51):
She planted in my mind the possibility that I could
do something, and that I could do something that would
be helpful without ruining my career.

Speaker 1 (36:02):
Friar agreed, and on May Tewod nineteen seventy two, he
stepped up to the microphone as doctor Anonymous and confessed
to the psychiatric audience watching that they had gay men
working amongst them.

Speaker 5 (36:14):
I'm a homosexual, I'm a psychiatrist.

Speaker 1 (36:17):
Friar told the gathered APA audience that there was an
underground group of gay APA members that called themselves the
Gay PA. He challenged the gay members of the association
to be involved in the movement to change attitudes towards homosexuality,
as homosexual sopiavayist.

Speaker 15 (36:34):
Therefore, we must use our skills and wisdom to help
all of them and ourselves grow to be comfortable with
that little piece of humanity called homosexuality.

Speaker 1 (36:50):
John Fryar reportedly received a standing ovation, but Gibven, who
organized the panel, it was likely stacked with the group
secretly attempting to take over the AP YEA. The fact
that the association was even entertaining the argument of the
gay activists worried doctor Socarats, who took to the airwaves
to argue against the growing tide.

Speaker 16 (37:10):
This man, doctor Charles Socariats, a psychoanalyst, is concerned about
the consequences of declassifying homosexuality.

Speaker 4 (37:19):

Speaker 8 (37:20):
According to this book.

Speaker 16 (37:21):
The American Psychiatric Association Manual of Mental Disorder, homosexuality is
a mental illness, a mental disorder.

Speaker 3 (37:29):
Is that justified?

Speaker 5 (37:31):

Speaker 8 (37:31):
I think so.

Speaker 6 (37:32):
You noticed that in their manual we talk about disorders,
and disorders are much more than strict illnesses because you're
dealing with psychological events and the psychological conflicts, which are
not measurable like organic illnesses per se. But their illness
is just as much because they involve a failure of functioning,

and they carry with them pain and suffering.

Speaker 16 (37:56):
What would be the effect of changing the nomenclature and
simply saying that homosexuality is another form of normal behavior.

Speaker 6 (38:04):
In the first place. If you do normalize it in quotes,
you will produce a situation in which men and women
will fly away from each other even more than now,
And we know that's already a difficult problem. The one
hurt the most will be any single individual, any single
boy in his adolescence and so forth, who says, I

really don't want to be homosexual, I really want to
do something about this, and I want to find somebody
who will give me hope against the despair I feel
of alienating myself from half the human race. And I
don't think anyone would choose to be homosexual if he
had any choice. These people have suffered one of the

worst disasters in a sense, in that they've been unable
to engage in a male female design which is set
up by biology, by society, and by evolution, and they
suffer greatly because of it.

Speaker 4 (38:59):
Civil rights, yes, but.

Speaker 6 (39:01):
The exclusion of this condition from our diagnostic nomenclature, which
would be tantamount to declaring it natural and normal, which
is the current fad, the current rage, as a matter
of fact, perhaps the greatest medical hoax. If it is
perpetrated of our last fifty years, it would be, I think,
be disastrous in many many ways.

Speaker 1 (39:23):
But what veterans like doctor Socrates couldn't have known was
that a change was a foot from within the leadership
of his field. Shortly after the doctor Anonymous May nineteen
seventy two speech, the small group of leftist APA members
advanced the gay doctors called Action. They continued to meet
at psychiatrist John P. Spiegel's home to devise a game

plan to take over the APA. They calculated that if
they could hand pick the APA's leadership, they could make
a radical shift in the field of American psychiatry by
removing homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. A slate
of liberal care candidates were selected that aligned with their vision,
and the group privately pushed for them to be elected

into the APA's leadership positions. Doctor Socceratis could see the
takeover of the APA building.

Speaker 15 (40:12):
I know.

Speaker 14 (40:12):
I talked to the outgoing president at the time. He
shook his head. He said, I don't know what's going
to happen.

Speaker 1 (40:16):

Speaker 14 (40:17):
They got gay's galore. They're running for office. One of
them may be president.

Speaker 1 (40:22):
And by the fall of nineteen seventy two, the leftist
group's efforts began to see some results. One of their candidates,
a psychiatrist named Alfred Friedman, was elected president of the APA.
Another colleague was selected as vice president and the host
of their secret house meetings, John Spiegel, was installed on
the board of trustees. Spiegel was a married man, but

he'd later come out as gay. Doctor Socceridis almost immediately
began to feel the impact of change in leadership.

Speaker 14 (40:52):
Papers that we wanted to give at various places were
suddenly said, well, we don't think that would be a
good thing to do right now in the current environment
in the atmosphere.

Speaker 1 (41:01):
Now, with the new leadership in place, the stage was
set for a radical shift. Instead of methodically planning out
a series of research studies to scientifically evaluate the validity
of listing homosexuality in the DSM, the new leadership instead
took a political route. They formed a task force to
review the arguments surrounding the classification of homosexuality. The task

force eventually went against the official APA position, concluding that
homosexuality did not meet the criteria for being classified as
a mental disorder. In a stunning turn of events, on
December fifteenth, nineteen seventy three, the APA leadership voted unanimously
to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. Gay

activists now had their rallying call, being gay was now
scientifically normal. Its removal was a milestone event and paved
the way for a further mainstreaming of homosexuality. It was
around this time that the media narrative machine began to
slowly ease into the normalization efforts.

Speaker 8 (42:11):
The program we are about to present as a report
on the gay liberation movement. It deals with the drive
for legal and civil rights and for freedom of expression
of the homosexual lifestyle.

Speaker 1 (42:23):
In nineteen seventy three, a TV broadcast hit the New
York airwaves. It was titled Homosexuals Out of the Closet.

Speaker 8 (42:30):
Some of the scenes may be disturbing or shocking to
some viewers. We point that out for those who do
not wish to see, or perhaps do not wish their
children to see, any portrayal of homosexual behavior.

Speaker 1 (42:43):
The special still acknowledged the public's general sentiment towards homosexuality,
but it nevertheless began to demystify the gay lifestyle.

Speaker 8 (42:52):
If this were a man and a woman holding hands,
it would be considered perfectly natural, even if it were
two women. But these are men, and for men in
the society to hold hands in public is at least
shameful and more often offensive. But men who want to
hold hands in public or in private are emerging from
the shadows. They are homosexuals, men who relate sexually to

other men, and they with women who relate sexually to
other women. Lesbians have begun a battle for their civil,
legal and personal rights, and the gay liberation movement is
challenging a society that abhords homosexuality, but illness or not.
The movement has focused attention on the ridicule all homosexuals

feel from the rest of society. Society must ask itself,
why do homosexuals cause harm aside from the destructive individuals
that exist in every group. Some would say no, Others
would say that homosexual behavior is seductive and contagious to
the troubled and the young, and should not be tolerant.

The issue is not simple. Group should be persecuted because
it offends us. A freedom of homosexual expression treads on
the central nervous system of the society. To accept it
would change society for better or worse.

Speaker 12 (44:13):
That is the question.

Speaker 1 (44:15):
With the DSM removing homosexuality as a mental disorder, gay
activists set their sights on a new target. Anti sodomy
laws were likely written for many reasons, that one indisputable
motive was health concerns. The gay community believed that sodomy
had been outlawed to make homosexuality illegal, so they began

targeting anti sodomy laws around the US.

Speaker 8 (44:38):
The gay liberation movement is only two years old, it
has already achieved the repeal of sodomy laws in several
states and drawn together many who support the gay life.

Speaker 1 (44:48):
But even with the change to the DSM, there was
a roadblock to normalization elsewhere. Faith based Americans, the primary
tenet of practically every Abrahamic religion now and then, viewed
homosexuality in a negative light, from Christianity to Islam and

Orthodox Judaism. Most denominations of each belief system viewed the
gay lifestyle as scripturally prohibited behavior. So for homosexuality to
be normalized, America's religious traditions needed to be directly attacked
and marginalized. By the summer of nineteen seventy six, the
media played its part in aiding in this effort.

Speaker 12 (45:32):
About one thousand men and women were in the march
to protest against laws on homosexuality. Most of the marchers
said they were homosexuals. There were no problems, but a
few Jesus freaks marched alongside, calling homosexuals perverted and sinners.

Speaker 1 (45:48):
But with all the gay pride up people happening in
New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, d C. And
Los Angeles, nothing would catapult the effort to normalize homosexuality
Like a small group of gay activists in Miami. They'd
make a direct attack against the faith based community, the
last standing resistance to their movement, and they'd go after

the one group that was previously off limits, the children.
But one woman stepped up and said no, not one
step further. Her name was Anita Bryant, and she set
off a firestorm that's been raging ever since.

Speaker 2 (46:25):
Coming up on Red Pilled America.

Speaker 9 (46:27):
There's no way that a homosexual would ever teach, A
known homosexual would ever teach at Northwest Christian Academy.

Speaker 17 (46:33):
We do not want our children subjected to this kind
of a role model. There are evil forces round about us,
even perhaps disguised as something good. I would want to
tear down the very foundation the family unit that holds
America again.

Speaker 1 (46:52):
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