The Medicalization of Sexuality and Gender Introduction to the Issue Because of entrenched stereotypes, social acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender people is far from universal. As a result, in the past, the medical community has made an attempt to treat homosexuality as a health problem. Until very recently, homosexuality was seen as a mental health issue and was codified in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In this way, people who identified as gay, lesbian and transgender would have been treated for having an illness, rather than recognized as being simply different from the norm with respect to their sexuality or gender. What is clear, however, is that trying to...The end:
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