22 May 2007

Ruth Doorbar, part of our history

We note the passing of Dr Ruth Doorbar, classical pianist and clinical psychologist. It was in this latter role that she became the first straight ally of the infant Gay Freedom Movement in the mid 1970s. As founder and president of the Jamaica Psychological Association, she invited GFM to make its first public presentation to that body. They were well received and one conjectures that the first seeds of understanding were sown in clinical ranks at least. That first delegation would have included General Secretary, Larry Chang, now in Washington, DC; St. Hope Thomas and Milton Blake, now departed. There is no record or recollection of the names of other members.

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