Homosexuality is Not an Illness

Abigail Kinsey, Staff Writer

A 19-year-old woman in Spain is demanding an apology after being ‘diagnosed’ with homosexuality. The woman showed up at the Reina Sofia hospital in the city of Murica to be examined by a gynecologist for a menstrual condition, and after she was examined; she was given a piece of paper that said, “Current illness: homosexual.” This sparked outrage within the woman’s own family and with an LGBT collective in south-east Spain.

The woman’s mother told the online paper that the gynecologist had asked her daughter if including her sexuality in his report was ok, to which the daughter agreed because she thought it might be relevant for a diagnosis, even if she was a little confused as to why she would need to supply that information. To her surprise, the sexuality that she supplied to the gynaecologist was listed as her current illness. “At first I thought it was funny, but it just isn’t,” says the daughter. She says that she did not expect to find that her homosexuality would be mentioned in the medical report as her disease.

The mother and daughter brought up the issue to the local LGBT collective, Galactyco, to which they lodged a formal complaint with Murica’s regional government, health ministry, and health service. Galactyco accused them of ignoring the patient’s legal rights because they didn’t enact a law that would protect the LGBT community against discrimination based on gender identity or sexuality. Many people were shocked, since today, homosexuality is no longer viewed as an illness like it was back then. “The world health orginazation removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses in 1990, and yet, 31 years on, there are still come professionals in Murica’s health service who view sexual orientation as an illness,” says Galactyco.

They are now hoping for an explanation and apology, as this case was far from being an accident. The collective says that their association has received many cases like these where the patient had received degrading treatment because of their sexuality or gender orientation. “We find it alarming, unacceptable, and intolerable that there are professionals today who are responsible for our health, but who ignore the realities of LGBT people.” 

The regional health service was not reached and did not supply a comment for this incident, but a spokesperson said that “all necessary measures would be taken to properly establish the facts and to proceed accordingly. The service’s spokesperson told the paper that there must have been an error that occurred while the patient’s details were being taken, and they say that the hospital would be offering an apology to the patient.