Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Gays -- Mental health;
Sexual orientation has been defined in various ways. Homosexuality in the earliest times was viewed as a sin. In the mid 19th Century, it was viewed as a mental illness. The "stonewall" uprising in New York in 1969 was the first time the gay and lesbian community took an assertive stand for their identity and their civil liberties (Woodman & Lenna, 1980). This began the gay liberation movement which increased the number of people who identified themselves as gay and lesbian (McDonald & Steinhorn, 1990). In the past 10-15 years psychotherapists have changed their treatment of homosexuality from looking for a cure to today's approach of gay-affirmative therapy, which values both homosexuality and heterosexuality equally as natural and normal attributes (Barrows & Halgin, 1988).
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
Robert T. Lembke
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©1993 Lori A. Constant
Constant, Lori A., "Issues for effective therapy with the gay and lesbian population" (1993). Graduate Research Papers. 2221.