To the extent that a community is defined by its organizations and institutions, Cleveland's gay community probably dates from the founding of a local Mattachine Society group in the s. Mattachine was the progenitor of present-day gay organizations and in a sense prepared the way for what would become the gay rights movement after the Stonewall Riot in June , in which a group of homosexuals defended themselves against a police raid on a bar in Greenwich Village, New York City. Stonewall marked the first large public event demanding equal rights and protections for homosexuals. The movements for civil rights for blacks, women, and other groups, and the tone of liberal thought in the late s and early s set in motion a wave of activism that saw the formation of groups and services specifically geared to gay men and lesbians as a community of interests. The activism of the early gay movement took many forms. GEAR functioned less as a political front than as a coordinating and educational organization that eventually sponsored and encouraged a variety of other groups and activities, including a telephone hotline for counseling, referral, and information, a community center, counseling, and a publication, High Gear, among its many activities.
Paula Britton, Ph.D.
William Fikter, MD Joined the practice in He works with children, adolescents and adults treating a variety of conditions. A Chagrin Valley resident, Dr. Fikter is a native of Cleveland, the proud father of four and a member of the Bainbridge Civic Club. Has experience in school, college, community, private practice and on-line settings.
Sherry offers proven counsel to help you and your partner make positive changes to your relationship and resolve issues before they become more problematic. Are you interested in this type of therapy? Sex Therapy Sex Therapy covers a broad area and a vast number of specific topics, including any sexually related problems you may experience. There are several common types of problems can be identified. Gender Identity Therapy This issue creates a great deal of worry and concern and is more common than most people realize.
Hospice of the Western Reserve. This is a new on-going group for members of the LGBT community. Whether you have lost a partner or other family member, you are welcome in this group. Participants need not have had a hospice experience.