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Classification of homosexuality as a 'disease'

January 1992

Until the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Disease as late as 1992, it was officially considered to be an illness or . This legitimised the attempts of doctors and s and others to 'cure' it by a variety of methods including forms of and other treatments

It also reinforced negativity and poor amongst both gay men and lesbians, those close to them and the public in general.

New theories about the origins of homosexuality, based on the medical model, - nature or nurture - continue to be proposed and the debate continues, but most gay people don't actually care!

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