John Fryer, M.D. Award for Achievement in LGBT Mental Health

The John Fryer, M.D. Award honors an individual whose work has contributed to the improvement of the mental health of sexual minorities. The award is named after Dr. John Fryer, a gay psychiatrist who played a crucial role in prompting the American Psychiatric Association to review the scientific data and to remove homosexuality from the APA’s diagnostic list of mental disorders in 1973.

Submission Requirements:

  • Nomination letter summarizing how and why the nominee is deserving of the award
  • One-page biographical sketch of the nominee
  • Curriculum Vitae of nominee

Deadline: June 1. All nominations must be submitted electronically at

Nominations are reviewed by a selection work group of the APA Council on Minority Mental Health and Mental Health Disparities consisting of a representative from the Council, officers of the Caucus of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Psychiatrists, and representatives from the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. Recipients are recognized during an award lecture at the APA Annual Meeting or Institute on Psychiatric Services and presented with a plaque and honorarium.

Staff Contact: Alison Bondurant (703-907-8639)

Past John Fryer Award Recipients

~ Psychiatric News: "American Psychiatric Foundation Helps Endow Fryer Award "
~ Psychiatric News: "Episcopal Bishop to Receive Award for Gay-Rights Advocacy "
~ The New York Times: "John Fryer, 65, Psychiatrist Who Said He Was Gay in 1972, Dies "


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