Alberta healthcare standards no longer classify homosexuality as a mental disorder

The Calgary Herald reports that the Alberta government has changed the provincial standards for healthcare billing. Under the old system, patients who identified as “gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or queer” were classified as a having a mental disorder, regardless of the reason for their medical treatment:

“The old version did say (homosexuality) was a mental disorder, so patients who were seeking treatment for whatever reason … were being classified as having a mental disorder,” Health Minister Fred Horne said, noting the change came into effect at the end of May.

The provincial government had repeatedly promised to change the code in the past, first agreeing to alter it in 1998.