LGTBI + Collective: "They are not privileges, they are our rights"

On May 17, 1990, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. Until the 90s, the sexual orientation of a person was considered a disease and worst of all is that so the scientists and health workers believed, this was explained in the faculties of medicine and this is how the population treated a group that all they wanted (and want) was to love freely.

Fortunately, for most of the population, what happened at the end of the last century it seems to us an aberrationBut there are still groups of people who discriminate against others because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Even there are countries where being homosexual is a crime, others in which healing therapies are promoted and, in many of these cases, backed by political parties that they want to lead society to a darker time, to the caverns, in which they would be very comfortable curtailing freedoms of others.

For all this It is necessary that there is a law that protects the rights of the LGTBI + collective and in communities like Castilla y León there isn’t. Amanda Azañón is the president of the Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals of Castilla y León and he has told us some of the situations they face: “Some people think that what we ask for are privileges, but they are our rights”.

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In Let’s Live in Castilla y León for two days we have discussed the issue with this representative of the LGTBI + collective and with a psychiatrist who has explained to us why the WHO considered homosexuality a disease, something that luckily no longer appears in health manuals.

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