Liberation, 1957–1974
in ‘Curing queers’
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This chapter explores the consequences of the piecemeal cultural and representational shifts as nurses came to see the treatments they were administering for sexual deviation as inappropriate as ideas of deviance shifted. The advent of 'nurse therapists' witnessed nurses being trained in advanced clinical practice roles, enabling them to be more autonomous practitioners. The chapter then explores the assertive journey to gay liberation. Resistance to homosexual law reform was observed in a number of ways and many reformers were ironically using the same language of illness, sin and despair as those opposing legal change. Nick Crossley argues that counter-psychiatry was essentially a movement which criticised psychiatry. The media were keen to report the decision and ran front-page headlines such as The New York Times' 'Psychiatrists in a Shift. Declare Homosexuality no Mental Illness'.

‘Curing queers’

Mental nurses and their patients, 1935–74

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