How Did the American Psychological Association Delete 81 Critical Words About Homosexuality?

Alix Spiegel, on This American Life, retells the story of her grandfather, who was president-elect of the American Psychological Association in 1973, and was among the “secret” group of gay psychiatrists who removed the 81-word definition of homosexuality as a mental disorder, itself considered progress from homosexuality’s original status, as a sin against the lord. Though just how influential he was is a matter of debate. Alix’s report — less about her grandfather and more about the seismic shift inside the APA — is just great. Listen here.

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