BY: ANDY NALEWSKI
The left and the right squabble about certain details, but the base definition remains the same: being sexually attracted to members of your own sex. A simple concept, easily understood by anyone.
The bickering over whether it is morally reprehensible, if people have the right to discriminate against gays, and whether or not they can get married have dominated the political landscape so much in the past two decades that it has been dubbed the “new civil rights movement” by many commentators.
I don’t aim to answer any of these questions, though I have my opinions on them. What I intend to examine is the antiquated notion that is still touted by desperate fools that homosexuality is a mental disorder.
Of course, most (and there a few negligible exceptions, notably Mark Regnerus) social scientists will dismiss this as pure poppycock, what with the APA and every other major North American psychological association asserting that this is not the case.
Still, these outliers cling to their beliefs, citing studies that have been torn to shreds when subjected to peer review. Why do they still tout this?
You may hear them say something fancy like “homosexuals frequently display signs of psychological instability and distress,” and for the most part I can agree. I know a bisexual fellow who has great difficulty in life due to psychological disorders.
Then why does the APA say that homosexuality is in fact, not a disorder? Again, it is simple: homosexuality is not the direct cause of depression, anxiety, or any other form of mental distress. People are.
The question is hardly psychological; sociology would be a better field to classify this.
Homosexuality does not directly cause any form of mental illness; rather it is the effects of being marginalized, discriminated against, and in some abhorrent cases even threatened with and subject to psychical violence, that disturbs the psyche of these people.
These things result from the social stigma and bigotry against being gay that is plaguing not only our society, but many across the globe. This is not a problem of the mind, it is a problem of ignorance and prejudice on the part of others who should educate themselves further on the subject, and many other subjects at that.
What I have just said seems like a given; there shouldn’t be any need to think about this because it’s so simple. But some still find the time to ignore common sense in favor of long scientifically discarded jargon that is ultimately harmful to our society.
This, my friends, is a fundamental building block of bigotry. Dismissing evidence for personal belief in the face of a changing culture that seems so foreign to some that they cannot accept it.
To those of this faction, I say this: suck it up. Get over it. You’re wrong. Undoubtedly few will be swayed by my arguments, as they follow a pattern of clinging to ignorance. But for those sitting on the fence, I hope this serves as a simple but compelling lesson in the basics of logic that can further your understanding of the human experience.