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L.A. street named
after gay rights pioneer

L.A. street named
after gay rights pioneer

The Los Angeles city council voted unanimously April 24 to change the name of Ventura Place Drive to Betty Berzon Place in honor of the psychotherapist who was proudly out during a time when homosexuality was still listed by the American Psychological Association as a mental disorder. Berzon advocated for gay and lesbian rights and was instrumental in starting several LGBT organizations. She helped establish the Gay Psychological Association, which is now a 1,500-member group within the APA.

Berzon also wrote several books, including Surviving Madness: A Therapist's Own Story.

Los Angeles city councilwoman Wendy Gruel said in a statement that "Dr. Berzon's trailblazing work and courageous advocacy serves as an inspiration to our city's residents. We are proud to do our part to keep telling her story." Teresa DeCrescenzo, Berzon's partner of 33 years, said in the statement that the dedication was a wonderful way to remember Berzon and her tireless devotion to improving LGBT rights.

Information on the dedication ceremony will be released at a later date. (The Advocate)

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