A Southern California man has been diagnosed as gay. More specifically the man – Matthew Moore, age 45 – was listed as having “homosexual behavior” as a chronic condition, which even had its own medical code of 302.
No doubt more frustrating for Moore, the doctor declared it to be up for debate how one treats this condition of “homosexual behavior.” According to the article above, Mr. Moore declared his frustration and requested back the copay he submitted. After writing a letter to the organization, he received a letter of full apology in return.
Considering that this can happen in Southern California, of all places, and in the 21st century, it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination that things of this sort happen all the time in most other states. Mr. Moore himself questioned how it would make a gay teen feel to receive a diagnosis like this – a pertinent question to ask.
It’s important to remember that although neither the American Psychiatric Association or the American Psychological Association classify homosexuality as a mental illness of any sort, it wasn’t terribly long ago that they did. It was only 40 years ago this year that the former removed homosexuality from their list of mental illnesses and 38 for the latter. It took the international World Health Organization until 1990 to remove it from theirs.
Remembering the stigma that we faced before in society is important for the future. Hopefully, Matthew Moore’s experience won’t have to be repeated by anyone, especially someone in a more vulnerable mental state. Thanks to someone confident enough in his identity to stand up and point out how wrong this is, there’s a good chance that someone else will be spared the experience in the future. We appreciate it, Matthew.
- Doctor Diagnoses Man With ‘Homosexual Behavior’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- US: Californian doctor diagnoses gay patient with ‘chronic homosexual disease’ (pinknews.co.uk)
- California Man Diagnosed With ‘Chronic Homosexual Behavior’ (hngn.com)