Homosexuality as a Mental Disorder in The West: A Brief History

by | Jan 25 2021 | LGBT History Month

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By Kitty Leask
Kitty is the latest addition to LGBT Lawyers' team. A member of the LGBT community herself, Kitty dedicates her time to promoting the LGBT fight for equality and is here to help all of our clients find the right lawyer to support their case.

Welcome to our infographic series “A Brief History Of…”

This series is designed to be fun, interesting and educational. Whatsmore, we will be releasing a new piece weekly throughout LGBT History Month. In fact, we hope to be releasing a new infographic each week for the foreseeable future.

Our aim is to cover a variety of important LGBT issues from history. For example, we will be looking at people, events and legislations, such as the Section 28 Act. Our series is also designed to be child friendly, so we can continue to spread the LGBT message.

In the first piece in our series we look at Homosexuality as a Mental Disorder. Furthermore, this piece will discuss the classification and declassification of homosexuality, and what the impact of this was on the LGBT movement.

Up until shockingly recently, homosexuality was legally classed as a mental disorder. In fact, homosexuality was only declassified in the 1970’s.

In the early 20th century, doctors and psychologists alike were beginning to think that homosexuality was not a choice. But it wasn’t good news. The doctors were beginning to believe that homosexuality was a mental defect, an issue with the mind that developed during childhood.

Some psychologists continued to believe that practices like conversion and aversion therapies were the appropriate method to “cure” homosexual men. Whatsmore, The legislation continued for years after its creation. Today, homosexuality has been legally declassed as a mental disorder, which has lead to other new legislations. These include same sex marriage, amongst other new gay rights.

In our short infographic, we take a look at the position of homosexuality throughout history. Furthermore, this covers a huge area of history, from the Tudor era all the way up to the 1990’s.

Take a look, and we hope you enjoy learning!

A Brief History Of Homosexuality As A Mental Disorder In The West
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