Don't you mean "Gay Patient"?


After a day of Ferguson coverage, here's another story from the "Wait, What Year Is This?" department. Matthew Moore, a 46-year-old man from Los Angeles, went to the doctor for a routine check-up earlier this year, and the examination turned up some of the standard middle-aged man bug-a-boos: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a B-12 deficiency. Also, he was diagnosed with a chronic condition, namely "Homosexual behavior (302.0)." 

It's not just when he smokes chronic, you know. Oh, that's not what it means?

Said Moore, "when I look up code 302.0 and it's sexual deviancy or mental illness, and that code has been removed or suggested heavily not to be used since jaw was on the floor."

"At first, I kind of laughed, I thought, 'Here's another way that gay people are lessened and made to feel less-than,'"   said Moore, "then as I thought about it and as I dealt with it, it angered me." Moore didn't dispute the doctor's accuracy in calling him homosexual, but obviously took issue with the fact that she referred to it as a disease. 

If you're wondering what (302.0) means, it's a very outdated medical code that means "ego-dystonic sexual orientation" that was last published in the 1979 International Classification of Diseases, or ICD—basically a big list of everything you can have, numbered. Although for some reason the 1979 text is still widely used today, medical associations started discouraging the classification of homosexuality as a disease as far back as 1973, and it was permanently removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1987. Even in 1979 it caused a big stir:  people in Sweden stayed home from work in protest, claiming to be sick with gayness.