I thought the medical community was completely compliant with the healthy homosexuality message. Now I’m not so sure.
NBC Los Angeles reports:
A Los Angeles man is suing his doctor and a Southern California healthcare network, saying they ignored his request to remove a notation describing “homosexual behavior” as a “chronic problem” on his medical records.
Matthew Moore, 46, who is openly gay, said he was shocked to see his sexual orientation still described as a chronic condition more than a year after he complained about the use of the archaic medical classification.
“It was infuriating. It was painful,” he said of his decision to sue. “It was another attempt by this doctor and this medical group to impose their agenda of discrimination and hate onto a gay patient.”
I’m shocked too. And a little bit more hopeful than I was before I read this story—though I think the healthcare provider should have found some other way to record the very relevant medical fact that Moore was a practicing homosexual.
Just so we’re clear. Right now experts around the world think that every single male homosexual should take a pill a day for life. But it is a completely healthy lifestyle, right? Sure it is.
Any doctor who didn’t track such a massively health-impacting fact as a patient’s regular homosexual practice would be negligent to the patient.
But it still amazes me it was listed as a “chronic condition.”
While this is all framed as a position on medical professionalism, it is quite clear that Moore believes that all speech against homosexual practice ought to be outlawed. It makes children kill themselves as far as he is concerned.
“I don’t want any gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual 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.”
So there you go. The First Amendment is a killer. Doctors must be censored. In principle there’s no reason everyone shouldn’t be censored.
But the story quotation that blows my mind is this one:
Shane Snowdon, who heads the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s health and aging program, said that Moore’s case is not an aberration.
“Unfortunately, this kind of ignorance and bias is still all too common among health professionals,” she said. “This incident underlines the importance of our ongoing efforts to educate healthcare providers about knowledgeable, respectful treatment of LGBT Americans. When we consult a physician, we have a right to expect care uncontaminated by personal prejudice.”
Whoa, just hold on. Last time I checked, doctors were quite educated. Are you telling me that, in 2014, despite unending barrage of, uh, “science” about how great and natural and inevitable homosexuality is, that many doctors are not buying it?
Then why should I?