12 April 2019

12th April 1941 - Alan Kent Malyon was born

On 12th April 1941 Alan Kent Malyon was born. He was a clinical psychologist who dealt primarily with the emotional problems of gays and lesbians. For a long time psychiatry had viewed homosexuality as a mental illness to be treated. Maylon led a successful campaign to have 'egodystonic homosexuality' removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. He also led the way in Gay affirmative psychotherapy, a form of psychotherapy that helps people accept their sexual orientation.

He was the author of many articles dealing with both chronic pain, and gay psychotherapy.

Thanks to David Webb's book On this Day in Psychology for the date.

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