Homosexuality is not a disease, says Thai government
- By: Vittal Katikireddi
The government of Thailand has belatedly agreed that homosexuality is not a disease. The recent statement comes after lobbying by Anjaree, Thailand's leading group campaigning for gay rights.
The Thai Department of Mental Health issued a formal letter affirming that homosexuality is “neither a mental problem nor a disease” according to the Bangkok Nation. The long awaited change takes place years after the World Health Organization's 1993 decision to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
A director of the Department of Mental Health, Dr Prawate Tentipiwatanasakul, conceded that the endorsement came a full 30 years after an academic consensus had been reached that homosexuality is not an illness. He expressed dismay that Thai society has not shared this widespread approval and has continued regarding homosexuality as an illness. He added, “It is simply a different sexual orientation.” He was concerned about teenagers having same sex relationships, however, because