LGBTQ* History You Should Know
(and probably never heard of)
1920 J. Allen Gilbert’s 1917 “Homosexuality and Its Treatment”
(a case study of Dr. Alan Hart)
*Trigger warning: Improper pronouns are used.
Here, in vivid detail, is the account of “H” (whom research has identified as Alberta Lucille Hart),’ said to have been born on October 4, 1892. She spent her youth in Albany, Oregon, graduating from Albany College in 1912, then attended Stanford University and medical school. Although Dr. Gilbert does not distinguish between his own writing and his subject’s, he indicates that his article is based on a chronological “auto-biography” written by “H” herself. Gilbert’s report begins:
The patient who served as the subject of the following history applied to me for psycho-analytic examination and treatment for a phobia which had been troubling her ever since childhood. For manifest reasons, her name is withheld, but will be designated as “H.” Age, 26. Unusually high grade of intelligence, alert, ambitious and, all in all, decidedly of the higher grade of humanity, when judged by the customary standards.
(read the whole thing here)