FORT LAUDERDALE – The Stonewall National Museum and Archives is partnering with the Broward County Public Schools to present a symposium in February 2013, called “The Kids Are Not All Right,” which is intended to bring together the ten most progressive school districts in the country to develop an LGBT curriculum for grades K through 12. Museum officials also note that a recently donated private collection includes a delicate booklet published in 1949, called “Private Letters from Homosexuals to a Doctor.”
The book was assembled by D. O. Cauldwell, M.D., from his correspondence with LGBT persons who lived at the time. In his introduction, Dr. Cauldwell admits that, “regardless of the study I’ve made of Sexology, any homosexual in the United States, male or female, can tell me a great deal more than I know about homosexuals and homosexuality.” In its 32 pages, the gay correspondents present often conflicting perspectives, formed by their personal experiences.
One well-bred writer—the very “out” son of a prestigious family—brags about having had sex with most of the men and boys in his town—and having taught some of the local wives how better to please their husbands. He told Cauldwell, apparently without irony, “Homosexuals sometimes cry for equal status, for a homosexual society, for communities where they may carry on their alliances, and even for marriage laws.
“They’d be cutting one another’s throats as to who would be known as the Mister and who the Mistress. Under such social conditions most homosexuals would become heterosexual or impotent. I dare say the latter. Quite a few of them would go nuts. The homosexual’s one great reason for existence is his field of conquest.”