LONDON — The new head of the World Psychiatric Association has come out and says homosexuality should not be treated as an illness according to the Guardian, a British newspaper.
In a wide-ranging interview, one of the things Professor Dinesh Bhugra touched on was being gay himself and his concern for the mental well being of LGBT people.
“Being gay is an important part of me, but a private part,” he was quoted as having said by the Guardian.
Bhugra will next year become the first gay president of the World Psychiatric Association, which represents and supports 200,000 psychiatrists worldwide, which some are saying is a huge step considering the way the field has traditionally dealt with homosexuality. For decades, in an attempt to “cure” homosexuality, electro-convulsive therapy and chemical castration were administered.
“There are still countries where it’s seen as an illness,” he told the Guardian. “We need to make a stand.”