Beyond Homophobia
The Father of “Homophobia”: George Weinberg (1929-2017)
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:34:09 +0000
In 1972, private consensual sexual conduct between two adults of the same sex was illegal in all but a few states. Homosexuality was officially classified as a mental illness in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In a national opinion survey a few years earlier, 70 percent of respondents had […]
Happy Birthday, Dr. Evelyn Hooker!
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 03:52:13 +0000
September 2, 2016, marks the 109th birth anniversary of Dr. Evelyn Hooker, the psychologist whose pioneering research helped to establish that homosexuality is not inherently linked to mental illness. Here’s a link to an earlier post about Dr. Hooker’s life and work.
Hate Crime as Terrorism: The Orlando Shootings’ Impact on the LGBT Community
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:28:55 +0000
In the immediate aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando, as police confirmed that Omar Mateen had shot to death at least 49 people and wounded dozens of others during his attack on the gay dance venue, law enforcement officials avoided labeling the crime an act of terrorism or a hate crime, awaiting more […]
Is “Homophobia” A Mental Illness?
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:24:40 +0000
As I discussed in a previous post, the mental health establishment classified homosexuality as an illness until 1973. That year, the American Psychiatric Association removed it from their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The American Psychological Association soon followed suit. The classification had always reflected value judgments and assumptions about homosexuality. There […]
Why Has Public Opinion About Marriage Equality Changed?
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:00:52 +0000
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has been quoted as saying the Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision went “too far, too fast.” Her comment has sometimes been cited in speculation that the Court won’t rule that people have a constitutional right to marry a same-sex partner because the Justices are reluctant to get too […]