In 1990, homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses by the World Health Organization, yet a young woman has just been diagnosed with homosexuality in southeastern Spain.
After seeing her gynecologist for a menstrual problem, the 19-year-old underwent a medical examination and then received a report that included the line “Current illness: homosexual”.
“At first I thought it was funny, but it just isn’t,” the young woman said following her appointment at the Reina Sofía hospital in the city of Murcia on Monday. October 4.
STOP LGTBIFOBIA |
🏳️🌈 Desde el @CiudadDeMurcia queremos denunciar públicamente the denigrating discrimination sufrida por nuestra will bring Alba in the Hospital Reina Sofía.
Exigimos que se depuren responsilidades y apoyamos uncondicionalmente a la jugadora en su valiente denuncia. pic.twitter.com/7VxNd4oBzP
– CAP Ciudad de Murcia (@CiudadDeMurcia) October 6, 2021
The woman’s mother, who is also a health worker, spoke to digital media elDiario.es and told them the doctor had sought her daughter’s consent to include her sexual orientation in the report.
The young woman agreed, thinking the detail might be relevant until she was handed the piece of paper that revealed her diagnosis.
Following the incident, the young woman and her family contacted Galactyco, a local LGBTQ + collective, who filed an official complaint on their behalf. The complaint was directed against the regional government of Murcia, the regional health ministry and the regional health service. Not only do the family and the community want an apology, they also want answers.
“The World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses in 1990, and yet, 31 years later, some healthcare professionals in Murcia regard sexual orientation as a disease,” says one Galactyco press release.
They added that the patient’s legal rights were ignored when she was diagnosed with homosexuality and alleged that this was not an isolated incident.
🤬 ‘CURRENT ENFERMEDAD: HOMOSEXUAL’
He is diagnosed with the diagnosis that he is going to trobar una jove de 19 anys at the eixir of a consultation of ginecologia at the hospital públic Reina Sofia de Múrcia.@el_pais https://t.co/cyzlYbP8VC pic.twitter.com/M7LGEweuR1
– CASTELLÓ LGTBI (@CastelloLGTBI) October 8, 2021
The statement continued, “Our association has received countless reports of degrading treatment on the basis of sexual or gender orientation. We find it alarming, unacceptable and intolerable that there are professionals today who are responsible for our health, but who ignore the realities of LGBTI people.
A spokesperson for the regional health service told elDiario.es they were aware of the incident and that after initial investigations the error appeared to have been made “when the patient’s details were gathered” .
They said that “all necessary steps would be taken to establish the facts correctly and proceed accordingly” and that the hospital would apologize to the patient.
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