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The History of the LGBTQ Community and Mental Health Treatment

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LGBTQ communities — and the language we use to describe them — has evolved over time, so has the relationship between the mental health community and LGBTQ people.It’s hard to talk about LGBTQ mental health throughout history without first understanding the belief systems of specific societies and the influence of governments.

It’s believed that some areas deemed same sex attraction and overall queerness, as amoral prior to the 1500s. England enacted laws that criminalized same sex acts and any other sexual behavior that wasn’t for the sole purpose reproduction — called “crimes against nature.” These sanctions were often passed down from criminal courts or religious entities.

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