For LGBT People, Discrimination Still Brings Mental Health Challenges

It wasn’t until 1973 that the American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder. The recency of that decision still affects the LGBT community today. It opens the door to discrimination. Discrimination contributes to higher rates of depression, substance abuse, and suicide. Dr. James Dilley of the Alliance Health Project discusses its effects, and the impact that a continued shift toward acceptance can have.



Psychiatrist and Professor
Executive Director, Alliance Health Project

Dr. James Dilley is Executive Director of Alliance Health Project in San Francisco, CA. He is also a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Dilley specializes in AIDS research, in particular the effects of AIDS in conjunction with substance abuse.