Beyond Homophobia
Counting Hate Crimes: A Brief History of the Hate Crimes Statistics Act
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:40:37 +0000
Most people know what a hate crime is and many are aware that the FBI publishes annual statistics on such crimes. But fewer people know that those FBI reports are legally mandated by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act (HCSA), which was signed into law 27 years ago on April 23, 1990. Here’s a brief summary […]
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 […]