MURCIA, SPAIN — (10-08-21) — A 19-year-old Lesbian who visited a gynecologists’ over a menstrual condition, was diagnosed with “homosexuality” and it has sparked outraged from not only her family but LGBT activists.
Last Monday, the 19 year-old woman went to her appointment at the Reina Sofía Hospital in the city of Murcia. After being examined she says that she was given a piece of paper that included the line: “Current illness: homosexual.”
The woman’s mother told the online paper elDiario.es that “the gynaecologist had asked her daughter whether he could include her sexual orientation in his report, and that she had consented – despite her surprise – as she thought at the time it might be relevant.”
“At first, I thought it was funny, but it just isn’t,” said the 19 year-old patient.
The mother and daughter brought the matter to the attention of local LGBT activists Galactyco, which immediately lodged a formal complaint with Murcia’s regional government, the regional health ministry, and the regional health service.
“The World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses in 1990, and yet, 31 years on, there are still some professionals in Murcia’s health service who view sexual orientation as an illness,” Galactyco said in a statement issued to the press.
Galactyco further stated that it was seeking an explanation and an apology over the incident, adding that the regional authorities had ignored the patient’s legal rights. Galactyco also says that this incident isn’t an isolated one.
“Our association has received countless reports of degrading treatment because of sexual or gender orientation,” the statement said. “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.”
JRL CHARTS reached out to The Regional Health Service for comment but was unable to acquire one by posting time.
However a spokesperson told elDiario.es that it was aware of the incident and that “all necessary measures would be taken to properly establish the facts and to proceed accordingly”.
The spokesperson suggested that a mistake appeared to have been made “when the patient’s details were taken”.
In any case, according to the spokesperson, the Reina Sofía Hospital would be offering an apology to the patient.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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