Gay and Lesbian Physician Couples

  • Michael F. Myers

Abstract

The percentage of medical students and physicians who are gay and lesbian remains largely unknown, because open acknowledgment of homosexuality is a step taken by very few members of the medical profession. Nevertheless, whatever the numbers, many gay men and lesbian women in medicine form and maintain long-standing relationships with their partners. They too are subject to particular stresses, both from within and without. In this chapter, I will outline some of their concerns.

Keywords

Medical Student Lesbian Woman Heterosexual Couple Couple Therapy Lesbian Couple 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    “Rights Group Backs Homosexual Marriages,” New York Times, October 28, 1986.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Craig R. Dean, “Legalize Gay Marriage,” New York Times, September 28, 1991, A15.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Anna Quindlen, “Evan’s Two Moms,” New York Times, February 5, 1992, A19.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Michelangelo Signorile, “Behind the Hate in Oregon,” New York Times, September 3, 1992, A19.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Peter Steinfels, “Beliefs,” New York Times, September 13, 1992, A18.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Joseph H. Pleck, The Male Myth (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1981).Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    David McWhirter and Andrew Mattison, The Male Couple (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1984).Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Eli Coleman, “Developmental Stages of the Coming Out Process,” in Homosexuality and Psychotherapy, ed. John C. Gonsiorek (New York: Haworth Press, 1982), 31–43.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Michael F. Myers, Men and Divorce (New York: Guilford, 1989), 147–168.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Richard C. Friedman, “Couple Therapy with Gay Couples,” Psychiatric Annals 21 (August 1991), 485–490.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Sallyann Roth, “Psychotherapy with Lesbian Couples: Individual Issues, Female Socialization, and the Social Context,” Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 11 (July 1985), 273–286.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Jean Baker Miller, Toward a New Psychology of Women (Boston: Beacon Press, 1976).Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Carol Gilligan, In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1982).Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Philip Blumstein and Pepper Schwartz, American Couples (New York: Williams Morrow, 1983).Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Martha Kirkpatrick, “Lesbian Couples in Therapy,” Psychiatric Annals 21 (August 1991), 491-496.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Richard Green, “The Best Interest of the Child with a Lesbian Mother,” Bulletin of the AAPL 10 Oanuary 1982), 7-15.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Susan Golombok, Ann Spencer, and Michael Rutter, “Children in Lesbian and Single-Parent Households: Psychosexual and Psychiatric Appraisal,” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 24, no. 4 (1983), 551–572.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    Nanette Gartrell, “The Lesbian as a’ single’ Woman,” American Journal of Psychotherapy 35 (October 1981), 502–509.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Charles R. Fikar, “Mistreatment of Gay Medical Students,” Western Journal of Medicine 156 (January 1992), 88.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    David R. Kessler, “The Gay and Lesbian Physician: Unique Experiences, Opportunities, and Needs,” in The Physician, ed. J. P. Callan (Norwalk, Conn.: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1983), 329–351.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Deane L. Wolcott, Greer Sullivan, and Dan Klein, “Longitudinal Change in HIV Transmission Risk Behaviors by Gay Male Physicians,” Psychosomatics 31 (Spring 1990) 159–167.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. 22.
    H. D. Scott, “The HIV-Infected Health Care Worker: Another AIDS Policy Conundrum,” Annals of Internal Medicine 116 (1992), 341–343.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael F. Myers
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Paul’s Hospital and University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Personalised recommendations