John M. Becker

APA Head Reflects On Removal of Homosexuality From DSM

Filed By John M. Becker | December 17, 2013 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: American Psychiatric Association, APA, depathologizing, DSM, historical milestones, mental disorder, psychiatry

saul-levin.jpgLast weekend, the anniversary of one of the most singularly important milestones in modern LGBT history passed with almost no notice: Sunday, December 15 marked 40 years since the American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

This courageous decision to depathologize homosexuality -- and recognize it instead as a natural variation of human sexuality -- completely restructured the conversation around lesbian and gay issues in the United States and provided a shot in the arm to our community's budding civil rights movement.

Fast forward 40 years, and an openly gay man, Dr. Saul Levin, now heads the APA as its CEO and medical director. He released a short video statement reflecting on the anniversary and what it means for him as a gay man. It's after the jump, and it's worth watching, sharing, and reflecting on how far we've come in such a relatively short time.

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