Indian Psychiatric Association Journal Editorial on Homosexuality

The Indian Journal of Psychiatry, official publication of Indian Psychiatric Society, in its editorial ‘Homosexuality and India’ in its first quarter 2012 issue, Volume 54(1), written by TS Sathyanarayana Rao, the Journal’s Honorary Editor from JSS Medical College, Mysore, and KS Jacob, Christian Medical College, Vellore, state that “the argument that homosexuality is a stable phenomenon is based on the consistency of same-sex attractions, the failure of attempts to change and the lack of success with treatments to alter orientation”.

They question unethical and unwarranted attempts at conversion therapy and call for physicians to provide medical service with “compassion and respect for human dignity for all people irrespective of their sexual orientation.”

“as with all complex behaviors and personality characteristics, biological and environmental influences combine to produce particular sexual orientation and identity.” they concluded

This is the first time the IPA has allowed a stand on homosexuality openly, and the authors deserve our thanks for that.

You can download the full text of the editorial here

Source – Aditya Bondyopadhyay