LGBT ally and psychiatrist who argued homosexuality isn’t a disorder dies

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04/19/2019

A pioneering LGBTQ ally and psychiatrist has died at the age of 82. Richard Green was one of the first psychiatrists to speak out against labelling homosexuality as a mental disorder. His son, Adam Hines-Green, told the New York Times his father died of esophageal cancer on 6 April at his London home. In 1972, Green published an article in The International Journal of Psychiatry calling for the removal of homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association’s list of mental disorders. It was removed from the list the following year. Jack Drescher, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, told the Times: “Those were times when, if you spoke up in support of homosexuals, people immediately thought that you were secretly homosexual yourself, or had unresolved sexual issues.

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