March 25, 2016 at 11:13 am EST | by Staff reports
Psych group urges decriminalization of gay sex
World Psychiatric Association, gay news, Washington Blade

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GENEVA, Switzerland — The World Psychiatric Association has this week released its strongest position statement on LGBT rights to date, calling for the universal decriminalization of sex between people of the same gender, Gay Star News reports.

The WPA represents more than 200,000 psychiatrists from 118 countries and its membership includes 138 national psychiatric societies around the world. The WPA says it was prompted to issue a statement on the issue due to recent controversies around homosexuality in many countries around the world.

“WPA considers sexual orientation to be innate and determined by biological, psychological, developmental, and social factors,” the group said in a statement.

The WPA statement says that diversity in sexual orientation had now been studied extensively for more than 50 years and it was now known that around 4 percent of the people in any society experience meaningful same-sex attraction, while around one-in-200 identify with a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth, Gay Star News reports.

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