In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality as a mental disorder from the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This decision was a significant victory for homosexual activists who have continued to claim that the APA based their decision on new scientific discoveries that “proved” homosexual behavior is normal and should be affirmed in our culture. This is false and part of the numerous homosexual urban legends that have infiltrated every aspect of our culture. The removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder has given homosexual activists credibility in the culture, and they have demanded that their sexual behavior be affirmed in society.
Numerous psychiatrists over the past decades have described what forces were really at work both inside and outside the APA and what led to the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
In Chapter 4, “Diagnostic Politics: Homosexuality and the American Psychiatric Association,” Dr. Bayer says that the first attack by homosexual activists against the APA began in 1970 when this organization held its convention in San Francisco. Homosexual activists decided to disrupt the conference by interrupting speakers and shouting down and ridiculing psychiatrists who viewed homosexuality as a mental disorder. In 1971, homosexual activist Frank Kameny worked with the Gay Liberation Front collective to demonstrate against the APA’s convention. At the conference he grabbed the microphone and yelled, “Psychiatry is the enemy incarnate. Psychiatry has waged a relentless war of extermination against us. You may take this as a declaration of war against you.”
Homosexuals forged APA credentials and gained access to exhibit areas in the conference, threatening anyone who claimed that homosexuals needed to be cured.
Kameny had found an ally inside the APA name Kent Robinson who helped the homosexual activist present his demands that homosexuality be removed from the DSM. At the 1972 convention, homosexual activists were permitted to set up a display booth entitled, “Gay, Proud, and Healthy.”
Kameny was then permitted to be part of a panel of psychiatrists who were to discuss homosexuality. The effort to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM was the result of power politics, threats, and intimidation…not scientific discoveries.
Prior to the APA’s 1973 convention, several psychiatrists attempted to organize opposition to the efforts of homosexuals to remove homosexual behavior from the DSM. Organizing this effort were Drs. Irving Beiber and Charles Socarides who formed the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Deletion of Homosexuality from DSM-II. The DSM-II listed homosexuality as an abnormal behavior under section “302. Sexual Deviations.” It was the first deviation listed.
After much political pressure a committee of the APA met behind closed doors in 1973 and voted to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM-II. Opponents of this effort were given only 15 minutes to protest this change, according to Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, in Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth. Satinover writes that after this vote was taken the decision was to be voted on by the entire APA membership. The National Gay Task Force purchased the APA’s mailing list and sent out a letter to APA members urging them to vote to remove homosexuality as a disorder. No APA member was informed that the mailing had been funded by this homosexual activist group.
According to Satinover, “How much the 1973 APA decision was motivated by politics is only become clear even now. While attending a conference in England in 1994, I met a man who told me an account that he had told no one else. He had been in the ‘gay’ life for years but had left the lifestyle. He recounted how after the 1973 APA decision, he and his lover, along with a very highly-placed officer of the APA Board...