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Arnie Kantrowitz & Lawrence D. Mass

Arnie Kantrowitz (born November 26, 1940, Newark, NJ) is a gay activist, college professor emeritus, and writer.

Arnold (Arnie) Kantrowitz was an early secretary and vice-president of the pioneering New York City group Gay Activists Alliance. He is a co-founder of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). He is the author of Under the Rainbow: Growing Up Gay, one of the first autobiographies by a gay activist. From 1999 until his 2004 retirement, Kantrowitz was chair of the English department at the College of Staten Island, where he taught for 41 years. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University (1961); an M.A. in English Literature from New York University (1963); and completed coursework toward a Ph.D. at New York University. He lives in New York City with his life partner, Lawrence D. Mass, a physician and writer.

Kantrowitz has authored two books and contributed articles, essays, poems and short fiction to magazines, newspapers and anthologies. In the early 1970s, he was one of the first openly gay individuals to appear on popular radio and television shows, including those of Jack Paar, Geraldo Rivera, Bill Boggs and Sally Jesse Raphael. He has appeared in several documentary films, including After Stonewall, Gay Sex in the Seventies and Activist: The Times of Vito Russo. He has also been interviewed about gay liberation and the AIDS epidemic.


Lawrence Mass and Arnie Kantrowitz, 1987, by Robert Giard
Lawrence D. Mass is an American physician and writer. A co-founder of Gay Men's Health Crisis, he wrote the first press reports on the epidemic that later became known as AIDS. Since 1979, Lawrence D. Mass has lived and worked in New York City, where he resides with his life partner, writer and activist Arnie Kantrowitz. Kantrowitz is a gay activist, college professor emeritus, and writer. He is the author of Under the Rainbow: Growing Up Gay, one of the first autobiographies by a gay activist.

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Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. (born June 11, 1946) is an American physician and writer. A co-founder of Gay Men's Health Crisis, he wrote the first press reports on the epidemic that later became known as AIDS. He is the author of numerous publications on HIV, hepatitis C, STDs, gay health, psychiatry and sex research, and on music, opera, and culture. He is also the author/editor of four books/collections. In 2009 he was in the first group of physicians to be designated as diplomates of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Since 1979, he has lived and worked as a physician in New York City, where he resides with his life partner, writer and activist Arnie Kantrowitz.

Mass was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1946, received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969, and his M.D. from the University of Illinois' Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in 1973.

After completing his residency in anesthesiology at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital in association with Harvard Medical School, the homophobia Mass encountered when he came out as gay during interviews in Chicago for a second residency in psychiatry became the catalyst for the activism he pursued via journalism, making him the first openly gay physician to write for the gay press on a regular basis.

Mass focused initially on the field of psychiatry, which retained many of its past homophobic practitioners, practices and positions even after the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Besides writing for the gay press, Mass became newsletter editor for the Gay Caucus of Members of the American Psychiatric Association, the fledgling organization of gay psychiatrists that began organizing in the aftermath of the declassification. Under Mass, the newsletter ran politically charged headlines such as its first, "Psychoanalytic Statute Prevents Legal Entry of Gay Aliens," calling attention to the fact that discredited psychoanalytic theories of "the homosexual" as a form of "psychopathic personality" were still sources of discriminatory public policies.

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