Is homosexuality a diagnosis? Apparently, some believe it to be, even though the tides have greatly turned in this nation toward accepting all beings with their preferred sexual orientation. Southern Californian man Michael Moore visited a new doctor recently and underwent a basic physical examination, after which his doctor diagnosed him as being ‘gay’ – listing ‘homosexual behavior’ in the chronic conditions category.
Mr Moore said his ‘jaw dropped to the floor’ at the diagnosis. “At first, I kind of laughed. I thought, ‘Here’s another way that gay people are lessened and made to feel less-than.’ And then as I thought about it and as I dealt with it, it angered me.”
Understandable. How would you feel if the fact that you had a wife, as a heterosexual man, was labeled as a ‘condition?’ True, heterosexuality has been the displayed societal ‘norm’ for so long that many cannot imagine anything else as being truly acceptable and real – but seriously folks. What era do we live in? In the year 2013, when so many other advancements, in technology and science, medicine and metaphysics exist and yet we still cannot accept people for who they are as ‘normal.’
The code used for Moore’s diagnosis was (302.0) – when Michael looked it up it read: sexual deviancy or mental illness. This code has been strongly discouraged from being used or has been essentially ‘removed’ since 1973. Moore responds: “Government tells us, oftentimes, that we’re not equal. Many churches tell us that we’re, you know, sinners. And now here’s a medical professional telling us that we are sick. And it’s gotta stop.”
After filing a complaint, Michael soon received an apology and a refund of his copay. Senior director of Torrance Health Association Inc. writes:
We fully appreciate your frustration and anger related to your experience and are committed to ensuring that such events are not repeated. We would like to unequivocally state that the Torrance Memorial Physician Network does not view homosexuality as a disease or a chronic condition and we do not endorse or approve of the use of Code 302.0 as a diagnosis for homosexuality.
Mr. Moore is not planning to file a lawsuit, he just wants others to hear his story so if found in a similar situation to say something.
What is ‘normal’ today? Can we look around and truly qualify certain behaviors, choices and life-outlooks as normal, while labeling others as not? Some of our greatest geniuses, including Einstein himself would have been viewed a kook by today’s standards and likely medicated. If we take an honest look at what we term ‘homosexual behavior’ we would have to admit that many more same-sex couples stay together, treat each other respectfully and are less likely to ‘divorce’ than many heterosexual couples. The thing we have a difficulty with, I guess, is the idea of sex between those of the same gender. I suppose all ‘heterosexuals’ have ‘normal’ acceptable sex? I would beg to differ.
I am not pro ‘gay’ or pro ‘straight’, I am pro human being. I think we must surely come to a stage in our evolution where we stop labeling and judging people based on their genitals just as we say we do with skin color. Within each one of us is the capacity to love everyone. The personality and ‘spirit’ of individuals is not, it and of itself, a gender – in my view, but a whole being – with both masculine and feminine properties and expressions. Just because we come and embody a particular ‘outfit’ called ‘our bodies’ and some of these monkey suits have ‘innies’ and some ‘outies’, we cannot suppose that these external parts should dictate our inner feelings. Can we?
When we can look at one another and see the wholeness existing within, and not the ‘body parts’ judging sex, we will have more fully evolved as a people.
I see a day when we discuss the sexual preferences of individuals no longer, and instead live from a higher order – one that truly sees all beings as equal, expressing their unique identities as a blessing to society and the world, and not otherwise. Michael Moore and others like him ought to be seen for the human being they are, not for their sexual preference, music preference, food preference, decorating preference or any other ‘preference’ that they exhibit. Being ‘gay’ is no more a diagnosis from a doctor than is bird watching.
Written by: Stasia Bliss