Scope and Content
Title: Barry M. Dank Papers
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.032*
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Language of Material:
0.1 linear foot.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1971-1974
Date (inclusive): 1971-1977
Articles, correspondence, syllabi, and clippings documenting sociologist Barry M. Dank's professional involvement with the
issue of social and personal acceptance of gay identity. In 1971, Dank, a professor at California State University, Long Beach,
published an article in the journal
that argued notions of homosexual deviance would wane in the face of increasing acceptance of same-sex sexuality as a legitimate
way of life.
Dank, Barry M.
Barry M. Dank was a sociologist at California State University, Long Beach whose 1971 article in the journal
Psychiatry, "Coming Out in the Gay World," forecast the growing acceptance of same-sex sexuality as a legitimate mode of life, as opposed
to deviance from a norm.
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Barry M. Dank Papers, Coll2011-032, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California
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Scope and Content
Articles, clippings, corespondence, and syllabi documenting sociologist Barry M. Dank's early work exploring "coming out and
issues of gay identity." In 1971, Dank, a professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach, published an
article in the journal
Psychiatry arguing that steadily increasing acceptance of homosexuality as a way of life would result in waning notions of same-sex
sexuality as deviance. The collection documents exchanges of correspondence with academic colleagues; correspondence with
Jim Kepner and other gay activists in Los Angeles; and Dank's sociology courses focusing on homosexuality.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Lesbian and gay experience