Dr. Silverstein Joins the Exec Committee
Dr. Charles Silverstein, an internationally renowned LGBT psychologist, joins the LGBT Center’s Executive Committee.
I was born into a generation that viewed homosexuality as a sin, as illegal, and as reflecting shame upon one's family. The penalties were severe and included medical/psychological sadistic treatments such as aversion therapy, sexual reorientation, or, for those with sufficient funds, years of psychoanalysis that served no greater purpose than to deepen the feelings of guilt and self-esteem and to keep the patient isolated from the gay community. The legal penalties were even worse. Homosexual men were frequently entrapped by the police, arrested for sodomy and their names published in the local newspapers. Some men were so guilt-ridden that they committed suicide.