Remove SM/Fetish diagnoses
During Europride 2002 an initiative was made to inform about the European network to remove Fetish and SM diagnoses from the International Classification of Diseases.
A healthy way of life, love and sexuality.
Illustration picture of Mr Leather Milano in the 2002 Europride Parade, Photo by Svein Skeid. Click on the pictures to see a bigger version.
SM and Fetishism are positive and healthful parts of peoples lives. To accept one’s SM orientation, preference, sexuality and love is essential for a healthy life, identity and decisive for the ability to protect oneself against sexually transmitted diseases.
Love and respect are basic parts of SM relationships. Stigmatizing minorities by diagnosing their sexual orientation is on the contrary as disrespectful as discriminating people because of their race, ethnicity or religion.
Read how you can support the work to abolish Fetishism, Transvestism and Sadomasochism as psychiatric diagnoses from the ICD, the International Classification of Diseases published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Pictures by Svein Skeid except from the parade picture (right above), taken by Uli, SMart-Rhein-Ruhr e.V.