An openly gay man from Los Angeles is suing his doctor and healthcare network after the doctor listed homosexuality as a “chronic condition” on his medical records.
Matthew Moore discovered homosexuality listed as a chronic condition in his medical records last April after a routine physical. He confronted his doctor about it, and she told him doctors went “back and forth” over whether to consider homosexuality a “condition,” even though it has been out of the DSM since 1973.
He reported it to his health network and promptly received an apology from the group, who also released a media statement explaining the error. But more than a year later, he found that “homosexual behavior” is still listed under “chronic problems.” His lawsuit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress and libel, while the health network once again claims it was a result of human error.
Moore said he felt he had to sue after finding the entry a second time.
"I gave them chance after chance and this time I’m not going to be silent. My silence would condone this activity," he said.
"I don’t want any gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual [person] ever to hear from a doctor that their normal and healthy sexuality is anything other than that," said Moore, noting that suicides among LGBT youth is higher than other groups. "Maybe we all just saved a life today." [emphasis added]
Seriously?! Seriously. What year is it, again? Thank you for speaking up, Matthew. Never, ever, ever let them tell us that we’re sick. Call BS on that, and do it from the rooftops.
ugh this is disgusting. It’s gross that homosexuality was in the DSM as a mental disorder in the first place, but IT’S GONE NOW. the medical community and the manual of mental heath and disorders agree that homosexuality is NOT SOMETHING TO FIXED. it is not wrong, and it is not a disorder that needs treatment. it makes me upset how a DOCTOR could ignore the scientific understandings of the human body and mind when dealing with a patient if those scientific understandings go against their personal beliefs.