Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Lesbian Couples

  • Linda Stone FishEmail author
  • Rebecca Harvey
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_487

Name of Family Form

Lesbian couples

Synonyms

Gay affirmative therapy; Gay couples; Queer couples LGBTQ couples; Same sex couples

Introduction

The position of LGBTQ people in relation to the mental health professions has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. In 1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ (DSM) first edition classified homosexuality as a sexual deviation and a form of mental illness (American Psychiatric Association 1952). In that context, even the phrase “lesbian couples” was self-contradictory and illegitimate. By 1973, homosexuality was taken out of the second edition of the DSM paving the way for decades of significant and dramatic improvements in the acceptance of queer couples and families culminating in 2015 when gay marriage became legal in all 50 states. Given the relative velocity of these attitude changes, it is important to remember that the professional literature on lesbian couples is nascent, covering only a rudimentary...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Southern Connecticut State UniversityNew HavenUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA