Outrage after gay woman diagnosed at Spanish hospital with ‘homosexuality’

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10/08/2021

A family and an LGBT collective in south-east Spain are demanding answers and an apology after a 19-year-old gay woman who visited a gynaecologist over a menstrual condition was diagnosed with “homosexuality”. On Monday the woman went to an appointment at the Reina Sofía hospital in the city of Murcia. After being examined she was given a piece of paper that included the line: “Current illness: homosexual.” The woman’s mother told the online paper elDiario.es that the gynaecologist had asked her daughter whether she could include her sexual orientation in his report, and that she had consented – despite her surprise – as she thought at the time it might be relevant. “At first, I thought it was funny, but it just isn’t,” said the patient. The mother and daughter brought the matter to the attention of the local LGBT collective, Galactyco, which has lodged a formal complaint with Murcia’s regional government, the regional health ministry, and the regional health service.

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