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May 20, 1974

Problems in Homosexuality

Author Affiliations

New York University New York

JAMA. 1974;228(8):978. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230330020012

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To the Editor.—  The letter of Dr. Conrad Chyatte (227:1262, 1974) is offensive to me as a homosexual and is unacceptable to me as a medical scientist.He suggests that paranoid tendencies are common in lesbianism. This statement cannot possibly be substantiated since only a tiny percentage, certainly under 1%, of lesbians have been examined by psychiatrists or other researchers. I can assure him that lesbians as a group do not have paranoid tendencies. He further equates femininity in men with homosexuality. Most homosexuals are not effeminate, and furthermore, homosexual men do not have the "typical persecutory suspicion of the clandestines." Dr. Chyatte must be studying a strange sample of homosexuals. Incidentally, I see nothing wrong with men being effeminate.He really shows his ignorance of or lack of decency toward homosexuals by his use of "fruitful" in the last sentence, apparently alluding to the fact that homosexuals have been