When homosexuality was mental illness

In the 1980’s HIV/AIDS’ cadaver brain tissue was studied; and prematurely concluded with no hard evidence; that the neurological patterns of these brain samples, were formed at birth. This inconclusive discovery, was given much fan fair by the media, yet the findings, and release of those findings, were known to be politically driven; by many within the medical community. This “supposed hard evidence” was then promoted by Gay and Lesbian activist groups; so that they might receive “Constitution protection”; for what many Doctors still considered behavior problems, and even mental illness.
This article reflects earlier findings within the medical community, before powerful lobby groups were formed, and came on scene, for the Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Communities.

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Until 1973 homosexuality was listed as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. Originally listed as a “sociopathic personality disturbance” in the first edition of DSM in 1953, homosexuality was “upgraded” to a mere “sexual deviation” in 1968 with the release of DSM-II.

In 1973, when homosexuality was removed from DSM-II, there was a great deal of controversy about that decision in the psychiatric community. Many psychiatrists and psychologists still believed that homosexuality was a psychopathology which must invariably cause impairment and distress. Others recognized that the impairment and distress often seen by clinicians were a byproduct of stigma and social repression of homosexuals. This group argued that the pathologization of homosexuality in the DSM was a form of social control that itself contributed to the social stigma and to the harm it did. See DSM-II_Homosexuality_Revision.pdf The famous decision did not come…

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