In the second part of this ground-breaking radio panel discussion on homosexuals, Elsa Knight Thompson moderates a panel discussion of the following speakers: Dr. Karl Bowman, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of California, and former Head of the Langley Porter Clinic; Dr. Frank A. Beach, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of California; Morris Lowenthal, San Francisco attorney; and Dr. David H. Wilson, Dept. of Criminology, University of California. In this portion of the program, the panelists discuss laws regarding homosexuals, civil rights of homosexuals, identification of homosexuals, gender identification in society, possible causes of sexual choice, i.e. heredity versus environmental causes, and how society can constructively deal with these issues.
Received California State Fair Press, Radio, and TV award, 1959.
KPFA Folio note, November 23-December 6, 1958, (Volume 9, number 18), p.4
Monday, November 24
The Homosexual In Our Society: The program is composed of two parts. The first one deals chiefly with the problems faced by the individual who is homosexual; the second part attempts to deal with the role society should play in relation to such individuals. The speakers in the first discussion are Harold Call, editor of the Mattachine Review; Mrs. Leah Gailey, housewife; and Dr. Blanche Baker, psychiatrist. Speakers in the second discussion are Dr. Karl Bowman, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, U.C., and former Head of the Langley Porter Clinic; Dr. Frank A. Beach, Jr., Professor of Psychology, U.C.; Morris Lowenthal, San Francisco attorney; and Dr. David H. Wilson, Dept. of Criminology, U.C. Both discussions are moderated by Elsa Knight Thompson. This program, which attempts to deal constructively with an especially difficult social problem, should be listened to in its entirety.