81 Words

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For decades, the entry on &quotSexual; Deviations" in the official manual of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) contained 81 words. For decades, homosexuality was included in the definition. We devote this week's entire program to the untold story of the behind-the-scenes campaign to change the definition. It's a story of intrigue and suspense, involving a super-secret group of closeted APA members calling themselves the GAYPA, a pivotal conversation in a Hawaiian tiki bar, and a pitched battle which one side saw as a fight for liberation, and the other saw as a defense of &quotthe; basic code and concept of life."
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Ira Glass