On this day in 1990, the World Health Organisation removed “homosexuality” from its list of mental illnesses. You may wonder why some continue to use the word “homosexual” rather than “gay” or “lesbian” . There is a reason for that, and that reason is the fact that “homosexuality” as a word was linked directly with mental illness. No longer by any serious practitioners in the mental health field.
Yet still our opponents use the word “homosexual” as it links directly to those times, the word itself has a stigma about it that the words “gay” or “lesbian” do not, due to the word’s history. Yet many religious leaders, and Conservatively minded continue to use that word.
I’ve spoken previously about being gay and mental, and more specifically that the 2 things are indeed completely separate. True, I personally, and many others are both gay or lesbian and additionally have mental illnesses unfortunately. The mental illness part however is not a part of being gay, very often that can be society at fault for our mental illnesses, or for the deterioration in our mental health, NOT our sexuality.
It is a sort of perverted sick society which projects its own defects upon us as individuals by tarnishing some of us as mentally ill, because it frightens their sense of self. It deeply disturbs them to see something which challenges their narrow minded pea brains. And occasionally it also challenges their own thoughts towards themselves. That’s right, closet cases can be some of the worst types of people, and can occasionally commit violent homophobic crimes due to THEIR issues.
That is sick society to blame. A heteronormative ideal of “normal” whereby spousal rape and abuse was/still is tolerated in some places. A woman’s place is in the home, that sort of thing.
That isn’t what i’d call normal, but that is what society has tolerated for many many years as “normal”.
Someone who I follow on Twitter posted this the other day:
I’ve often thought similar, of several mental illnesses. Our brain is trying to process everything that is going on as best it can, naturally it is going to make some odd judgements at times. Voting Conservative, or UKIP for example as a working class person is very odd. Continuing to give the Catholic Church (or any other hate mongering religious sect) money in their collection boxes to fund hate if you are openly gay or lesbian is also another very odd choice!
However, being gay, straight, bi , transgender or intersex is perfectly natural to me, and of course there are continual strong discussions within and external to the transgender and intersex community relating to gender identity, and the inclusion of disorders relating to those people within diagnostic manuals. Various people do take different views for different reasons, and not being transgender/intersex, I don’t feel I have the ability to even comment on their own personal journeys.
And finally, come out come out wherever you are, where it is safe to do so. Oh and in our own country it is a lot safer than others, there is no excuse for lying. There is of course still work to do, but so much has been done by those who came before us.
We can only speak as much as we can for those who cannot speak. For those who truly need to remain closeted in fear of their lives in Jamaica, Uganda, Russia, etc…. We are priveleged in comparison, true, sometimes a closeted gay or bisexual attacks an openly gay or lesbian person due to internalised homophobia and projection of their issues, or a heterosexual commits such an assault. However, overall as a community we are more priveleged than some.
Being gay or lesbian is not a mental illness, but homophobia is!