He sends out a strong message to all those morons and merciless psychiatrists who think they can ‘cure’ homosexuality. Grew up in Yamunanagar in Haryana State, Mr. Dinesh is the president of world Psychiatric Association.
He had come out as gay in an interview with Guardian and said his profession should apologise for the way it has treated gay men and women.
“There are still countries where it’s seen as an illness,” he told the Guardian. “We need to make a stand against it.”
As head of the World Psychiatric Association, he represents more than 200,000 psychiatrists across 137 national organisations and 117 countries. There are many psychiatrists in India and other countries who still view homosexuality as a mental illness. How do they feel about having an openly gay leader?
Mr. Dinesh says, “When I came out to my family, my father freaked out completely, my mother was really pragmatic and said, ‘Who’s going to look after you in old age.”
Bhugra has been with his partner Mike for more than 30 years.
He studied at Mukand Lal National Higher Secondary School, Yamuna Nagar, where he won the scholarship for MBBS at the Armed Forces Medical College at Poona University
He also has a PhD from the King’s College London, an MPhil from Leicester University, an MSc (sociology) fromSouth Bank University and an MA (social anthropology) and the Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery from the Society of Apothecaries.
He has become an important authority on several issues, like public health psychiatry: cross-cultural psychiatry, migrant mental health, professionalism in psychiatry, depression, psychosexual medicine, service provision and decision-making, having published over 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 100 editorials and invited papers, 90 book chapters.
The 61-year-old is also professor of psychiatry and diversity at King’s College London, and chair of the Mental Health foundation. He is a well-known commentator on mental health issues. He has contributed to The Guardian,The Daily Telegraph,the Daily Mail, The Times (UK),the Financial Times, The Observer, The Huffington Post, the BBC News Magazine, The Times of India and The New York Times.