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    In 1973, The American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed
    homosexuality as a mental disorder from the APA's Diagnostic and
    Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-II).

    This decision was a significant victory for homosexual activists
    and they have continued to claim that the APA based their
    decision on new scientific discoveries that proved that
    homosexual behavior is normal and should be affirmed in our

    This is false and part of numerous homosexual urban legends that
    have infiltrated every aspect of our culture. The removal of
    homosexuality as a mental disorder has given homosexual
    activists credibility in the culture, and they have demanded
    that their sexual behavior be affirmed in society.

    What Really Happened?

    Numerous psychiatrists over the past decades have described what
    forces were really at work both inside and outside of the
    American Psychiatric Association---and what led to the removal
    of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

    Dr. Ronald Bayer, a pro-homosexual psychiatrist has described
    what actually occured in his book, Homosexuality and American
    Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnoses. (1981)

    In Chapter 4, "Diagnostic Politics: Homosexuality and the
    American Psychiatric Association," Dr. Bayer says that the first
    attack by homosexual activists against the APA began in 1970
    when this organization held its convention in San Francisco.
    Homosexual activists decided to disrupt the conference by
    interrupting speakers and shouting down and ridiculing
    psychiatrists who viewed homosexuality as a mental disorder. In
    1971, homosexual activist Frank Kameny worked with the Gay
    Liberation Front collective to demonstrate against the APA's
    convention. At the 1971 conference, Kamney grabbed the
    microphone and yelled, "Psychiatry is the enemy incarnate.
    Psychiatry has waged a relentless war of extermination against
    us. You may take this as a decleration of war against you."

    Homosexuals forged APA credentials and gained access to exhibit
    areas in the conference. They threatened anyone who claimed that
    homosexuals needed to be cured.

    Kamney had found an ally inside of the APA named Kent Robinson
    who helped the homosexual activist present his demand that
    homosexualiy be removed from the DSM. At the 1972 convntion,
    homosexual activists were permitted to set up a display booth,
    entitled "Gay, Proud, and Healthy."

    Kameny was then permitted to be part of a panel of psychiatrists
    who were to discuss homosexuality. The effort to remove
    homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM was the result
    of power politics, threats, and intimidation, not scientific

    Prior to the APA's 1973 convention, several psychiatrists
    attempted to organize opposition to the efforts of homosexuals
    to remove homosexual behavior from the DSM. Organizing this
    effort were Drs. Irving Bieber and Charles Socarides who formed
    the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Deletion of Homosexuality from
    the Dsm-II.

    The DSM-II listed homosexuality as an abnormal behavior under
    section "302. Sexual Deviations." It was the first deviation

    After much political pressure, a committee of the APA met behind
    closed doors in 1973 and voted to remove homosexuality as a
    mental disorder from the DSM-II. Opponents were given 15 minutes
    to protest this change, according to Dr. Jeffery Satinover, in
    Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth. Satinover writes that
    after this vote was taken, the decision was to be voted on by
    the entire APA membership. The National Gay Task Force purchased
    the APA's mailing list and sent out a letter to the APA members
    urging them to vote to remove homosexuality as a disorder. No
    APA member was informed that the mailing had been funded by this
    homosexual activist group.

    According to Satinover, "How much the 1973 APA decision was
    motivated by politics is only becoming clear even now. While
    attending a conference in England in 1994, I met a man who told
    me an account that he had told no one else. He had been in the
    gay life for for years but had left the lifestyle. He recounted
    how that after the 1973 APA decisiion, he and his lover, along
    with a certain very highly placed officer of the APA Board of
    Trustees and his lover, all sat around the officer's apartment
    celebrating their victory. For among the gay activists placed
    high in the APA who maneuvered to ensure a victory was this man--
    suborning from the top what was presented to both the membership
    and the public as a disinterested search for truth."

    Dr. Socarides Speaks Out

    Dr. Charles Socarides has set the record straight on how
    homosexuals inside and outside of the APA forced this
    organization to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder. This
    was done without any valid scientific evidence to prove that
    homosexuiality is not a disordered behavior.

    Dr. Socarides, writing in Sexual Politics and Scientific Logic :
    The Issue of Homosexuality writes: "To declare a condition a
    'non-condition,' a group of practitioners had removed it from
    our list of serious psychosexual disorders. The action was all
    the more remarkable when one considers that it involved an out-
    of-hand and peremptory disregard and dismissal not only of
    hundreds of psychiatric and psychoanalytic research papers and
    reports, but also a number of other serious studies by groups of
    psychiatrists, psychologists, and educators over the past
    seventy years..."

    Socarides continued: "For the next 18 years, the APA decision
    served as a Trojan horse, opening the gates to widespread
    psychological and social change in sexual customs and mores. The
    decision was to be used on numerous occasions for numerous
    purposes with the goal of normalizing homosexuality and
    elevating it to an esteemed status."

    "To some American psychiatrists, this action remains a chilling
    reminder that if scientific principles are not fought for, they
    can be lost--a disillusioning warning that unless we make no
    exceptions to science, we are subject to the snares of political
    factionalism and the propogation of untruths to an unsuspecting
    and uninformed public, to the rest of the medical profession,
    and to the behavioral sciences." Dr. Socarides' report is
    available from the National Association for Research and Therapy
    of Homosexuality: www.narth.com.

    The Importance of The DSM.

    The DSM(Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
    is the most widely used disgnostic reference book utilized by
    mental health professionals in the United States.

    It's a manual by which all diagnostic codes are derived for
    diagnosis and treatment - every single physician (an estimated
    850,000*) in the United States refers to this book in order to
    code for a diagnoses. In plain English, what does this mean? It
    means that for over 30 years physicians have been prevented from
    properly diagnosing homosexuality as an aberrant behavior and
    thus, cannot, recomend a treatment for these individuals.

    Prior to that time, homosexuality had been treated as a mental
    disorder under section "302. Sexual Deviations" in the DSM-II.
    Section 302 said, in part: "This category is for individuals
    whose sexual interests are directed primarily towards objects
    other than people of the opposite sex, toward sexual
    acts...performed under bizarre circumstances...Even though many
    find their practices distasteful, they remain unable to
    substitue normal sexual behavior for them." Homosexuality was
    listed as the first sexual deviation under 302. Once that
    diagnostic code for homosexuality was removed, physicians,
    including psychiatrists, have been prevented from diagnosing
    homosexuality as a mental disorder for more than three decades.

    *American Medical Association statistic, 2002.

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