I first would like to thank him; articles and viewpoints like his may hurt the gay community, but they also allow for those outside the community to get a better understanding of the hatred, intolerance and injustice we face.
In the article, the author argues that the American Psychological Association should not have removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
However, on the APA?s website (www.apa.org) under the guidelines for psychotherapy with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients, they write, ?The literature that classifies homosexuality and bisexuality as mental illness has been found to be methodologically unsound.
Gonsiorek (1991) reviewed this literature and found serious methodological flaws, including unclear definition of terms, inaccurate classification of subjects, inappropriate comparison of groups, discrepant sampling procedures, an ignorance of confounding social factors and questionable outcome measures.
The results from these flawed studies have been used to support theories of homosexuality as mental illness and/or arrested psychosexual development.
Although these studies concluded that homosexuality is a mental illness, they have no valid empirical support and serve as the foundation for beliefs that lead to inaccurate representations of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.?
I believe the author should do more research and get a better understanding of both sides of the argument before presenting his case.
How would a heterosexual be able to understand what it?s like to be queer? The article was nothing more than homophobic ramblings.
That?s why I will conclude this response with a theory presented on the APA?s website on homophobia:
?Psychoanalytic theory holds that homophobia ? the fear, anxiety, anger, discomfort and aversion that some ostensibly heterosexual people hold for gay individuals ? is the result of repressed homosexual urges that the person is either unaware of or denies.
senior, political science