May 15, 2008 9:00am CST
I was reading a pamphlet recently that said: "Homosexuality was classed as a mental disorder by the World Health Organisation until 1992." I suppose it's naive of me to be surprised, but I just thought this was so shockingly recent. I thought the 90s were so much more permissive, but obviously not. It's interesting though, seeing how things have changed only in recent years. Not that I'm saying things are perfectly all right now, as there is obviously still a lot of bias and bigotry against the gay community. Does this fact surprise or interest anyone else?
• United States
15 May 08
You know, that doesn't really surprise me much. Even today people talk about gays in hushed whispers and are embarassed by family members who are gay. I know of only one parent that doesn't keep the fact that her son is a homosexual quiet and will defend his rights to anyone. It's sad. You would think that, by now, homosexuality wouldn't be so shocking to people.
16 May 08
In my cultural area, homosexuality isn't talked about in hushed tones at all, but "gay" is still used as an insult, even by people who seem more liberal-minded. It seems that as time moves on we should be continually taking steps forward, but all the time I see people taking steps backwards, by promoting narrow-mindedness and legislation being pushed that's opposed to equal rights (eg. gay marriage).