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Adrienne J. Smith (January 9, 1934 - August 10, 1992)

Adrienne J. Smith was an American psychologist, a lesbian author, and a women`s activist. She was one of the first openly gay lesbian psychologists within the American Psychological Association. She wrote and edited several publications and appeared on local and national television and radio programs promoting gay and lesbian rights. Born in 1934, she died of cancer in 1992.

A Chicago native, educated at the University of Illinois and with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Adrienne Smith came out publicly as a lesbian in 1973. Since then, she has appeared on national and local television and radio programs, talking about gay and lesbian rights. Additionally, she was called on repeatedly to testify before committees of both the Chicago City Council and the Illinois House of Representatives during the early years of the struggle to pass human rights legislation protecting lesbians and gay males.

As one of the first openly lesbian psychologists within the American Psychological Association and within the city of Chicago, Smith was one of the people who maintained pressure on the American Psychological Association to change its homophobic policies. These efforts led to the formation of the APA's Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues; Smith recently completed a term as the group's president.

For almost two decades, Smith has provided an inspiration and role model to the gay and lesbian community. As an openly lesbian therapist for a number of years the only one in the Chicago metropolitan aerate provided an alternative to the usually homophobic psychotherapy which was all that was available during most of the 1970s.

She has served as an example to her students, and to other lesbian therapists who followed her pioneering lead in sharing their identity with the community. Smith is a well published author and editor, with her most recent works being Lesbians at Midlife: The Creative Transition and Reflections of a Jewish Lesbian Feminist Activist/Therapist.

Her organizational affiliations include Chicago Women Against Rape, The Women's Institute, Lesbian Counseling Collective, WICCA (Women in Crisis Can Act), Feminist Therapy Institute, Coalition Against Misdiagnosis, and Gray Pride Chicago. Smith maintains a private practice.

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Joyce Warshow, Adrienne J. Smith and Barbara Sang, 1991, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1121708)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)

Further Readings:

Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships by Ph.D. D.Merilee Clunis & Ph.D. G. Dorsey Green
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Seal Press; 4th edition (December 21, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1580051316
ISBN-13: 978-1580051316
Amazon: Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships

Written by two experienced lesbian therapists, Lesbian Couples covers a range of topics—commitment ceremonies and marriage, living arrangements, work, money, togetherness and separate identities, coming out to family and friends, resolving conflict and understanding each other—and uses a variety of helpful examples and problem-solving techniques, drawing from research done on lesbian couples over the past decade. The book pays special attention to differences of race, class, age and physical ability, and addresses the issues raised when one or both partners are recovering from alcohol, substance, or sexual abuse. The book also addresses differences that lesbians may encounter in their relationships regarding such issues as butch-femme, transgender identity, bisexuality, monogamy and sado-masochism. Thoroughly readable and extremely helpful, with an updated resource guide, Lesbian Couples is a book that every lesbian will want to own.

Lesbian and Gay Psychology: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications (Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian & Gay Issues) by Beverly Greene & Gregory M Herek
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc (January 5, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0803953127
ISBN-13: 978-0803953123
Amazon: Lesbian and Gay Psychology: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications

In this first volume of the Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Issues series, innovative empirical studies provide insight into the complexities and subtleties of the lesbian and gay community. Oustanding contributors explore issues relating to: the children of lesbians; internalized homophobia; lesbian and gay development; relationship quality of cohabiting couples; sexual pride and shame in lesbians; physical appearance; the impact of the feminist political movement; heterosexual attitudes; and boundaries in lesbian therapist//client relationships.

From Wedded Wife to Lesbian Life: Stories of Transformation by Deborah Abbott
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Crossing Press (September 1, 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0895947668
ISBN-13: 978-0895947666
Amazon: From Wedded Wife to Lesbian Life: Stories of Transformation

FROM WEDDED WIFE TO LESBIAN LIFE presents personal stories of discovery and change by women who got married, defied tradition, and came out as lesbians. Drawing from a broad range of cultures and classes, this revealing collection of first-person essays, interviews, and poems offers a glimpse into the lives of such well-known lesbian authors as JoAnn Loulan, Margaret Randall, Margarethe Cammermeyer, Joanna Kadi, Ellen Bass, Joan Larkin, and Minnie Bruce Pratt, as well as emerging writers.

More Particular Voices at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Particular Voices

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