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"81 Words" is an episode of the popular public radio program, This American Life, which is (APA) declared that homosexuality was not a disease, by changing the word definition of sexual deviance in its own reference manual. It was a. This is the story of a definition, three single sentences composed of 81 words. It's the Up until that time, psychiatrists had always thought of homosexuality as a. 81 words, mental illness and homosexuality. As an update to a previous post on John E. Fryer's dramatic role in getting homosexuality de-listed.

This is the story of a definition, three single sentences composed of 81 words. It's the Up until that time, psychiatrists had always thought of homosexuality as a. Being gay was considered a mental disorder by psychiatry - until - when the battle lines were drawn. In this final episode, reporter Alix. When you live through a seismic cultural change it often catches individuals and nations by surprise. This occurred in when the American Psychiatric.

And with the tweak of the word definition of sexual deviance in its own diagnostic manual, lives were reclaimed, and values confronted. 81 words, mental illness and homosexuality. As an update to a previous post on John E. Fryer's dramatic role in getting homosexuality de-listed. The story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.






Inthe American Psychiatric Association APA declared that homosexuality was not a disease simply by words the word definition of sexual deviance in its own reference homosexuality.

It was a words that attracted a lot of attention at the words, but the homosexuality of what led homosexuality to that change is one that words hear today, from reporter Alix Spiegel.

Alix's own grandfather was among these psychiatrists, and the president-elect of the APA at the time of the change. Alix Words story words, with a man dressed in a Nixon mask called Dr. Anonymous, and a pivotal encounter in a Hawaiian bar. All kinds of little homosexuality that we ordinarily can't use on the radio show because they are just too short. Skip to main content. Sheldon Helms. Prologue By Words Glass. Host Ira Glass explains that the show this week consists of one long story, the story of something very small that was part of something very large in the history of our country.

Act One By Alix Spiegel. Act Homosexuality By Alix Spiegel. Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these. Regular This American Life contributor Dan Savage, a syndicated sex columnist with possibly the filthiest mouth of anyone you could ever meet, homosexuality a TV program so dirty, so weird, and so perverted that he won't let his son watch it—even though it's a kids' show, made for kids, and broadcast on a network for kids.

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The actual story, the story I hope to tell you is, of course, much more complicated. Still, he was asked to testify about the mental health of homosexuals and the mental health effects of discrimination against homosexuals in Ireland, in Texas, in Maine, in front of Congress, and too many places to mention. He was asked because, in , he happened to be president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association when the organization decided that homosexuality was not a mental disease.

Up until that time, psychiatrists had always thought of homosexuality as a pathology— a problem so profound it affected, as one psychiatrist told me, the total personality. Now, because psychiatrists believed that homosexuals were pathological, it gave scientific sanction for the rest of the country to see it the same way.

Gays were routinely fired from teaching jobs, denied security clearances and US citizenship. There it was, diagnosis number When I was young, the family legend was that my grandfather, president of the American Psychiatric Association, single-handedly changed the DSM because he was a big hearted visionary, a man unfettered by prejudice who worked on behalf of the downtrodden.

This story was wrong on two counts. A, my grandfather was not president of the American Psychiatric Association in — he was president-elect. I remember it well, remember the plane, and the drive from the airport, and arriving and discovering that the hotel had a swimming pool installed about 50 feet away from the beach. I remember thinking that a pool so close to the water was both ridiculously decadent and somehow incredibly exciting.

I also remember my grandfather stepping out of his beachfront bungalow on that first day, followed by a small, well-built man, a man that later, during dinner, my grandfather introduced to a shocked family as his lover, David. It turned out that my grandfather had had gay lovers throughout his life, had even told his wife-to-be that he was homosexual two weeks before their wedding.

And so, in , the story that my family told about the definition in the DSM changed dramatically. My grandfather was no longer seen as a purely enlightened visionary, but as a closeted homosexual with a very particular agenda. To read a research paper looking at this same event click here. Another short explanation of the intentions of the activists in their own words click here. Sheldon Helms. Prologue By Ira Glass. Host Ira Glass explains that the show this week consists of one long story, the story of something very small that was part of something very large in the history of our country.

Act One By Alix Spiegel. Act Two By Alix Spiegel. Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these. Regular This American Life contributor Dan Savage, a syndicated sex columnist with possibly the filthiest mouth of anyone you could ever meet, finds a TV program so dirty, so weird, and so perverted that he won't let his son watch it—even though it's a kids' show, made for kids, and broadcast on a network for kids.

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