For nearly a century, within psychiatric and medical establishments, members of the LGBTQ community were characterized within the psychiatric diagnostic manual, the DSM, as mentally ill, and treated as such by the community at large. I myself, have also been characterized as mentally ill, and have suffered through a number of the same mental institutions which were once used to house members of the LGBTQ community. For many in the LGBTQ community, they have difficulty empathizing and remembering the persecution their community faced in their history.

This project highlights the history of mischaracterizing LGBT members as mentally ill, psychotic, unstable, unhinged, and “crazy” so that society can remember what this community had to struggle through to reach their current status of equality. It underlines how psychiatry and other institutional ideas have unfortunately been used to oppress and suppress members of other groups and continues to be used in that way.


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