Being Transgender is Not a Mental Disorder – by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca

In 1971, the Gay Liberation Front at Temple University in Philadelphia learned that the college’s counseling program was routinely referring gay men to the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute for aversion therapy treatments to “cure” them of their homosexuality.

A gay man who had been subjected to the technique (electric shock administered to genitals) broke the news to those of us gathered in the room that afternoon. We decided to launch a campaign to get the University to stop funding the program. We were eventually successful.