Dr. Philip Hicks

In 1955, Dr. Philip Hicks was a young psychiatrist at Langley Porter Clinic (an extension of UC Berkeley Medical School). In session with a young patient, an aspiring businessman, Dr. Hicks asked “What would you really like to do?” That patient was Allen Ginsberg, and that question became a crucial catharsis—the realization that it was okay for him to quit his job & write poetry; that it was okay for him to date men instead of women. This, at a time when the American Psychiatry Association still classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. That conversation changed Ginsberg’s life, and this will be the very first time Dr. Hicks has ever spoken publicly about it.