"Sometimes I wish to be normal... for just a brief period. I would like to know the freedom from being an outcast; not merely to enjoy the pleasures of a relationship with the opposite sex, but to be free of the compulsive urge that drives me toward my own sex. To live in my world means to live in an atmosphere of universal rejection, of widespread pretense, in a social world that jokes and sneers at every turn. This cannot help but fundamentally influence early death, frigid parents, unequal love - one pattern or another can be found in almost every instance."
- so wrote Donald Webster Cory (born Edward Sagarin: 1913 - 1986) in this autobiographical essay in which he sensitively revealed what the closeted life of a gay man in the early Fifties was like. He is remembered for writing "In a world in which one is rewarded for concealment and submission, it would be difficult to expect the reverse". In 1951 he expanded upon this subject in a book he wrote with Abert Ellis, Ph.D: