Fonds AR474 - Richard Green fonds

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Richard Green fonds

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  • 1965-1993 (Creation)
    Green, Richard, 1936-

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34 cm of textual records

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Richard Green was born 6 June 1936 to Leo Harry Green and Rose Ingber, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1957 he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University, and in 1961 a Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University, studying with John Money. Money (1921-2006), a New Zealander, taught at Johns Hopkins from 1951 until his death and in the 1960s was among the first doctors to perform sex-reassignment surgeries. From 1962 to 1964 Green was a resident at UCLA, and from 1965 to 1966 he was a resident at the National Institute of Mental Health. During this time he also worked for Harry Benjamin, whom he had met through Money. Benjamin (1885-1986), was a German émigré to the United States and was also involved with early sex-reassignment surgeries. In 1966 Green lived in London.

Upon returning to the United States, Green took a position at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. In 1969 he co-edited the book Transsexualism and Sex Reassignment with Money. Two years later he founded the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour. Other works include Sexual Identity Conflict in Children and Adults (1974), Human Sexuality: A Health Practitioner's Text (1979), and The “Sissy Boy Syndrome” and the Development of Homosexuality (1987). Green was partly responsible for the 1973 removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In 1987 Green obtained his Juris Doctor from Yale University, and in 1993 served as co-counsel to Elke Sommer in her libel suit against Zsa Zsa Gabor. Sommer won a $3.3 million settlement for comments Gabor had had about her in a German newspaper. In 1992 he authored the book Sexual Science and the Law. Green has also taught psychiatry at SUNY Stony Brook and Imperial College London, and law at UCLA and the University of Cambridge. He lives in London with his partner Melissa Hines, a psychology professor at Cambridge. They have one son, Adam Hines-Green (born 1988) who has a BA from Cambridge (2011), an MBBS from University College London (2014), and an MA from the Royal College of Art (2018).

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Fonds consists of papers related to Green’s 1969 book Transsexualism and Sex Reassignment, papers from various conferences, material related to 1972 paper “Playroom Toy Preferences,” records related to grants and payments, research material for 1986 paper “Lesbian Mothers and their Children,” collection of literature on effects of pornography and obscenity, and sample interview questions for parents. Also contains other professional papers including grant applications, correspondence, and research material.

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Acquired from Richard Green, December 2012, October 2014, July 2017.


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2012-034, 2014-034

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