• The American Psychological Association (APA)

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    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, also known as the DSM, is
    the official list of mental disorders that all mental health
    professionals refer to when diagnosing patients.

    The first version, released in 1952, listed homosexuality as a
    sociopathic personality disturbance. In 1968, the second version
    (DSM II) reclassified homosexuality as a sexual deviancy. Soon
    afterward, gay protestors began picketing at the APA’s annual
    conventions, demanding that homosexuality be removed from the
    list completely. In 1973, after intensive debate and numerous
    disturbances by gay activists, the APA decided to remove
    homosexuality from its next manual (DSM III).

    What followed was a swarm of outrage from psychiatrists within
    the APA who disagreed with the decision and demanded that the
    issue be reconsidered. In 1974, a referendum was called and
    approximately 40 percent of the APA’s membership voted to put
    homosexuality back into the DSM. Since a majority was not
    achieved to reverse the decision, homosexuality remains omitted
    from the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

    To the LGBT community, this omission from the DSM was a logical
    move. They felt that, absent from any nonbiased social-science
    research to prove that homosexuality is inherently pathological,
    the only thing that had been keeping homosexuality in the DSM
    was societal prejudice. However, many in the scientific
    community have criticized the APA’s decision to remove
    homosexuality from the DSM, claiming its motives were more
    political than scientific.

    Dr. Ronald Bayer, author of the book Homosexuality and American
    Psychiatry, writes:

    The entire process, from the first confrontation organized by
    gay demonstrators to the referendum demanded by the orthodox
    psychiatrists, seemed to violate the most basic expectations
    about how questions of science should be resolved.

    Instead of being engaged in sober discussion of data,
    psychiatrists were swept up in a political controversy. The
    result was not a conclusion based on an approximation of the
    scientific truth as dictated by reason, but was instead an
    action demanded by the ideological temper of the times.

    Along these same lines, a recent radio documentary on the
    subject of homosexuality revealed that the president-elect of
    the APA in 1973, Dr. John P. Speigel, was a “closeted homosexual
    with a very particular agenda.”

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