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Pentagon lists homosexuality as mental disorder

Let’s see, the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1973, yet Rummy’s crowd still lumps being gay with mental retardation and personality disorders. What about all those queer folks who are serving quite ably? (SFGate):

The document, called a Defense Department Instruction, was condemned by medical professionals, members of Congress and other experts, including the American Psychiatric Association.

“It is disappointing that certain Department of Defense instructions include homosexuality as a ‘mental disorder’ more than 30 years after the mental health community recognized that such a classification was a mistake,” said Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass.

Congress members noted that other Pentagon regulations dealing with mental health do not include homosexuality on any lists of psychological disorders. And in a letter to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Monday, nine lawmakers asked for a full review of all documents and policies to ensure they reflect that same standard.

Blender Paul emailed me: “No problem. I developed this ‘disorder’ while in the military. I guess that must mean that I qualify for a veteran’s disability check, eh?:

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