Articles, correspondence, syllabi, and clippings documenting sociologist Barry M. Dank's professional involvement with the
issue of social and personal acceptance of gay identity. In 1971, Dank, a professor at California State University, Long Beach,
published an article in the journal
Psychiatry that argued notions of homosexual deviance would wane in the face of increasing acceptance of same-sex sexuality as a legitimate
way of life.
Barry M. Dank was a sociologist at California State University, Long Beach whose 1971 article in the journal
Psychiatry, "Coming Out in the Gay World," forecast the growing acceptance of same-sex sexuality as a legitimate mode of life, as opposed
to deviance from a norm.
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