When Homosexuality was a “Disease”: My Abuse Story

From Mad in Brasil: In September 1962, the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire forced my roommate, Geoffrey, and I to go through two years of psychiatric treatment to be cured of our homosexuality. We were just children, 16 years old, and we were faced with the Herculean challenge of becoming heterosexual while living in a boys-only school without even seeing a girl. Our first sexual experience was treated as if it were a crime and a sin, as well as a mental illness. The Academy did not tell my parents why I had to undergo psychiatric treatment, and they did not ask me.

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