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This piece from This American Life chronicles what happened behind the scenes that lead to the decision to take homosexuality out of the DSM; thereby destigmatizing it in the medical community. It is told by Alix Spiegel, granddaughter of then president of the APA who also happened to be a gay psychiatrist. It is a fascinating story and a very important piece of history. We all know that this happened, but what went on by a brave group of Psychiatrists to bring it to fruition is seldom heard. This story is timely for two reasons. Homosexuality has entered a new and important phase in it’s history, that of the right to marry. In addition, the DSM-V is expected to debut in 2013 and the current revisions have been recently released for discussion.



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