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Medical News & Perspectives
August 12, 1998

Gay Is Okay With APA—Forum Honors Landmark 1973 Events

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JAMA. 1998;280(6):497-499. doi:10.1001/jama.280.6.497

IT'S BEEN 25 years since the American Psychiatric Association (APA) voted to delete homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders and issued a strong statement of support for gay rights. A forum marking this anniversary drew a standing-room-only crowd at the APA's annual meeting in Toronto, Ontario, in June.

Speakers discussed the controversy that surrounded efforts to depathologize homosexuality, traced the evolution of psychiatric and psychoanalytic attitudes toward homosexuality and explored the significance of these changes for the mental health of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons today.

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