Psychiatry, Psychology, and the Evolution of Attitudes about the Gay Lifestyle among the American Public

Up until 1973, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is recognized as the “bible” of psychiatric disorders by mental health professionals, still listed homosexuality as a form of mental illness. In 1953 it had been classified by psychiatrists as a “sociopathic personality disturbance” before being downgraded – or upgraded, depending on your…