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World’s most senior psychiatrist comes out and says profession should apologise to gay people

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  1. Perhaps he could have a word with Putin … and Mugabee … and … etc, etc.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 27 Nov 2013, 4:15pm

    Well done. Let’s hope he’ll take a proactive role in helping to ban ex-gay conversion therapy. Sad news for CORE Issues and other right wing religious hate groups.

  3. James Campbell 27 Nov 2013, 4:43pm

    As a mental health professional myself I applaud the appointment of Professor Dinesh Bhugra. Accredited mental health professionals must never assist in any process to reconfigure a patient’s sexuality which relates to another adult. This amounts to a breach of trust and an abuse of an individual’s human rights. psychiatrists and psychologists are NOT the moral guardians of society.

    1. I don’t understand why both you and I have received thumbs down. It would appear there are a number of visitors to this blog who need psychiatric help …!

      1. Are you a psychotherapist that you assume LGBT visitors to the site are in need of mental health intervention for thumbing down your comment or is just your fragile ego?

    2. “Accredited mental health professionals ” are assisting in the in the fraudulent/bogus process to reconfigure ones sexuality. Apparently 40% of these “cure” charlatans operated their practice within the NHS. What are you and your peers as i’m assuming credible mental health “professionals” doing to challenge this. As far as I can see the silence within is deafening.

  4. Well said Dinesh. People have been labelled mentally ill and punished simply because they don’t conform to the social standards of the time. It will be interesting to see what he makes of the DSM 5.

  5. Erica Cook 28 Nov 2013, 8:29am

    We also need to work to have a better understanding of gender and sexuality as complicated and diverse concepts that have a healthy. As of now theories on the origins of homosexuality stem back from when it was considered a mental illness. I think the profession has been leery of doing deeper studies in fear that it will seem to be going back to those old ideas. I think the only way we will ever be able to properly fight gender and sexual discrimination is if psychology worked to understand the true origins of homosexuality. Psychology studies more than just the study of mental illness it is the study of how minds work.

  6. Now how about tackling how they still treat trans* patients.

  7. Now apologise for the treatment of trans people and intersex people, too.

    Decades of interference based on internal prejudices, judgementalism and dodgy “science”. :(

    (Retired mental health professional)

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