Last updated on: 6/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Martin J. Kantor, MD Biography

Title:
Author specializing in psychology and gay men's issues
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he concept of oneself as homosexual, heterosexual, or bisexual has ‘to be integrated within the ego as an aspect of a cohesive sense of self…’ Sexual identity is usually both innate and acquired. As for the innate side, many gay people seem to be born with an inherently punitive conscience that puts them into conflict with their sexuality… As for the acquired side, according to Gray sexual identity is the product of a developmental process that normatively ‘culminates [and is consolidated in] the young adult state of development.”

Treating Emotional Disorder in Gay Men, 1999

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Author specializing in psychology and gay men’s issues
  • Retired psychiatrist, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in East Orange, NJ
  • Former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Medical School
  • Former psychiatrist, private practice, Boston and New York City
  • Former medical residency trainer, Massachusetts General and Beth Israel Hospital (New York)
Education:
  • MD, Harvard University
  • PhD, Psychology, school unknown
  • BA, Music and Premed Studies, Brown University
Other:
  • Lives with his partner of over 26 years in New Jersey