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George Weinberg is a psychotherapist in New York City. He coined the term 'homophobia' in the late 1960s and crusaded for its acceptance. He made the world aware of homophobia with his book, Society and the Healthy Homosexual, published in 1972. He helped to get homosexuality removed from the DSM catalogue of mental illnesses. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University and an MA in English literature from NYU. He has written 12 books, and has also written for popular media and for television.

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Coming Out Isn't Just for Gay People

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 12:03 PM

A man who came to me for help with his sex life complained that even Viagra didn't help. He was in his mid-40s, an executive at an ad agency, divorced with two sons. He told me that women were "always available" but that his recent affairs were catastrophic. He had...

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The End Goal of the LGBT Movement

(14) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Where is the LGBT movement heading ultimately, now that so much has been accomplished in the half-century of the modern movement? What would the ideal ending be to the struggle?

We know the homophobe's dream. As Joseph Epstein put it in Harper's magazine in 1970 just as gay people were...

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The Curse of Reparative Therapy

(7) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 1:24 PM


The mental health profession, not content with trying to solve real problems, has over the years proposed solving imaginary ones. The current debate is over the right to even try to cure homosexuality. The adage that there's no harm in trying doesn't hold. There...

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Homophobia: Don't Ban the Word -- Put It in the Index of Mental Disorders

(166) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 4:14 PM

Homophobia is still highly prevalent, though an increasing number of people wish it weren't. The movement for LGBT justice has made immense strides. But as the therapist who coined the word "homophobia" in the late 1960s, I still see a great deal of homophobia in the world. This irrational fear...

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