This Day in History: Homosexuality Removed from Mental Illness Classification, All You Need to Know
This Day in History: Homosexuality Removed from Mental Illness Classification, All You Need to Know

One of the most impactful events took place on this day, May 17,  a landmark moment for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.  On May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) made a groundbreaking decision. For the first time, homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Before this, homosexuality was considered a mental disorder, leading to widespread stigma and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.

This decision was a monumental step towards equality and acceptance. It marked the beginning of a shift in how society viewed and treated people based on their sexual orientation. The WHO's move was a recognition of the fundamental human rights of LGBTQ+ people and paved the way for future advancements in LGBTQ+ rights and healthcare.

Why This Matters
The declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness was not just a medical or administrative change. It had profound social implications. It helped reduce the prejudice and discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ community and encouraged other organizations and governments to follow suit in recognizing and protecting LGBTQ+ rights.

Legacy of May 17
Today, May 17 is celebrated globally as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. This day raises awareness about the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ people worldwide. It serves as a reminder of the progress made since 1990 and the ongoing fight for full equality.

Other Notable Events on May 17
While the WHO's decision in 1990 stands out, May 17 has seen other significant historical events:

1954: The U.S. Supreme Court delivered its landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, declaring racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional.
1973: The Watergate scandal began to unfold as televised hearings started in the United States, eventually leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

May 17 is a day of historical significance, particularly for the LGBTQ+ community. The WHO's decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness was a major step towards equality and continues to inspire the fight for human rights around the world. As we remember this day, it’s important to recognize the progress made and the work that still lies ahead in achieving full acceptance and equality for all.

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