Mysteries of Mental Illness

Psychiatry and Homosexuality

Clip | 4m 13s | Video has closed captioning.

In the U.S., as recently as the early 1970's, homosexuals were considered mentally ill. Watch this clip, in which a board-certified psychiatrist, 'Dr. Anonymous', at a 1972 American Psychiatric Association conference, announces "I'm a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist." See how, over the decades, and as defined by the APA, the boundaries shifted between the so-called ill and the so-called healthy.

Aired: 06/22/21

Rating: NR

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