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Emery S. Hetrick
(1931 - February 3, 1987) U.S.A.

Emery Hetrick

Activist, educator, psychiatrist

A. Damien Martin
(1933 - August 14, 1991) U.S.A.

Damien Martin

Activist, educator, professor


Emery Hetrick was born in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio State University in 1953 and the Cornell University College of Medicine in 1957. Emery was a psychiatrist who devoted his life to educating psychiatrists around the world about the challenges facing lesbians and gays. He was the former associate medical director of the Roerig Division of Pfizer Inc., a New York drug company.. He joined the company in 1979 and resigned last year because of ill health.

From 1974 to 1976 he was acting chief of the Department of Psychiatry at the Gouverneur Diagnostic and Treatment Center. From 1976 to 1979 he was chief of psychiatric emergency and crisis treatment services at Harlem Hospital Center.

In 1979, Dr. Emery Hetrick and Dr. Damien Martin, who were life-partners, heard the heart-breaking story of a homeless 15 year-old boy who had been beaten up and kicked out of his emergency shelter because he was gay. They were so moved that they gathered a group of concerned adults and created what was then called the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth (IPLGY). It was a nonprofit organization in New York, an advocacy agency serving young homosexuals (from 13 to 21 y.o) and their families.

Emery S. Hetrick died of respiratory failure attributed to an AIDS-related condition. He was 56 years old and lived in Manhattan.


Hetrick & Martin


Dr. Damien Martin, a Philadelphia native, was a professor at New York University who worked tirelessly to educate the general public about the needs of lesbian and gay young people. Martin was active in many gay rights organizations, including the Governor's Task Force on Teen Suicide and the Child Welfare League of America's Task Force on AIDS. He taught speech pathology at New York University.

In 1985 the institute established the Harvey Milk High School in cooperation with the New York City Department of Education. Named for the slain gay San Francisco city councilman, the school provides an alternative public education for LGBT youth. It is the largest school of its kind in the world. Programs include job training, HIV education and internships. Martin said the school was founded "for gay youths, partly because violence inflicted on young homosexuals made it impossible for some to stay in other schools."

In 1988, the Institute was renamed The Hetrick-Martin Institute in honor of Emery Hetrick and Damien Martin's life-long commitment to serving the needs of lesbian and gay youth. In the early years, Martin himself came in to run the place on what was supposed to be a temporary basis but in fact lasted until his death from AIDS related complications.


Sources : https://en.wikipedia.org/ - et alii

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