The city's most sensitive open secret [is] the presence of what is probably the greatest homosexual population in the world and its increasing openness," warned a front-page expose titled "Growth of Overt Homosexuality
in City Provokes Wide Concern" in The New York Times on December 13, 1963, implying that the secret wouldn't stay under wraps for long.
Henry published his initial findings in the article, "Psychogenic Factors in Overt Homosexuality
," American Journal of Psychiatry 93 (1937), 903, from which this quote was taken.
When I finally summoned up the courage to approach one of the senior people, I was told directly that my overt homosexuality
meant that I would never be considered for a more senior post within the organisation - in fact it was probably about time I left anyway.
Other common family secrets today include covert or overt homosexuality
, long-time extramarital affairs, unpaid debts, bankruptcy, perjury, tax evasion, fraudulent papers and deeds, sexually transmitted diseases, impotency, marriages bonded by hatred, participation in violent Klan-like groups, plagiarism, rejection of the family's religion, the "broken" priest, cruelty to or neglect of the elderly, bigamy, embezzlement, a history of being fired from jobs, illegal alien status, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, teenage delinquency, bribery, corruption, deliberate pollution as part of profiteering, covert participation in fomenting conflict, abortions, euthanasia, sex changes, legal-drug dependency, and past criminal records.