APA–Story of Submission


“It was never a medical decision—and that’s why I think the action came so fast…It was a political move.” “That’s how far we’ve come in ten years. Now we even have the American Psychiatric Association running scared.” –Barbara Gittings, Same-gender sex activist

Only a Matter of Time?

“It’s only a matter of time before traditional marriage falls”, we are told by same sex activists in the wake of Proposition 8’s passage, “Give it another generation at most.”

I’m fairly new to the marriage fight, I was incoherent in the 70’s when the APA was won in a twisted fight of intimidation, but looking into that history, those days could have been yesterday.  The tactics are the same.  We have to be aware that the same forces are being used to win over organizations, businesses and individuals today as were then, with the same fear and intimidation and our media watchdogs obliviously salivating over the same bare bones of tolerance and progress.

From the archives of the Young Conservatives of California comes this well documented account of how the APA was won over by Same Sex Advocates.  This one is truly eye opening.  —Beetle Blogger

“I feel that the entire homophile movement…is going to stand or fall upon the question of whether or not homosexuality is a sickness, and upon our taking a firm stand on it…” (The Gay Crusaders, by Kay Tobin and Randy Wicker, p. 98)

Psychiatry’s authoritative voice influenced public opinion, which at the time was negative toward same-gender sex. Of course, public sexual activity in parks and public restrooms contributed to societies negative views about the types of people that did such things, but “scientific opinion” was crucial in the public attitude. Led by radicals like Frank Kameny, same-gender sex activists attacked many psychiatrists publicly, as Newsweek describes, “But even more than the government, it is the psychiatrists who have experienced the full rage of the homosexual activists. Over the past two years, gay-lib organizations have repeatedly disrupted medical meetings, and three months ago—in the movements most aggressive demonstration so far—a group of 30 militants broke into a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Washington, where they turned the staid proceedings into near chaos for twenty minutes.

‘We are here to denounce your authority to call us sick or mentally disordered,’ shouted the group’s leader, Dr. Franklin Kameny, while the 2,000 shocked psychiatrists looked on in disbelief. ‘For us, as homosexuals, your profession is the enemy incarnate. We demand that psychiatrists treat us as human beings, not as patients to be cured!’” (Newsweek, 8-23-71, p.47)

Ironically, at the very moment Franklin Kameny was claiming that same-gender sex was healthy, safe, and natural, a deadly virus was silently passing through communities of men all over the nation as a result of the promiscuous, unhealthy nature of the sex they were having. Only a decade later, thousands of men would be dead or dying, of AIDS.On June 7, of the following year, 1971, Franklin Kameny wrote a letter to the Psychiatric News threatening the APA with not only more, but worse, disruptions. In this letter he states, “Our presence there was only the beginning of an increasingly intensive campaign by homosexuals to change the approach of psychiatry toward homosexuality or, failing that, to discredit psychiatry.” (The Gay Crusaders p. 130-131)Same-gender sex activists continued to pressure the APA through 1973. A same-gender sex magazine, The Advocate, talks of “…what happened in 1973…referring to the widespread protests by the gay and lesbian community that led to the APA’s dropping homosexuality from the DSM.” (The Advocate, 12-28-93, p.40) As a result of the pressure, in the words of the prominent journalist and same-gender sex activists, Andrew Sullivan,  in December of 1973 the APA, “…under intense political pressure…removed homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders…” (Love Undetectable, book by Andrew Sullivan, 1998, p. 107) Under this “intense political pressure” the APA’s board of trustees finally caved in to the demands of same-gender sex activists. Another same-gender sex activist Mark Thompson writes, “Just before the first of the year, the American Psychiatric Association’s board of trustees declared we were no longer sick.” (The Long Road to Freedom, ed. by Mark Thompsan1994, p. 97) After the vote by the American Psychiatric Associations Board of Trustees, some members of the APA, led by Dr. Charles Socarides called for a full vote by the APA’s 17,905 members. (The Long Road to Freedom, ed. by Mark Thompsan1994, p. 104) On April 9, 1974, results of the vote were announced. Only 10,555 of the 17,905 APA members had voted in the election. The results were as follows,

Total APA members eligible to vote: 17,905 Number of APA members that actually voted: 10,555Number of members that “Abstained”: 367 Number of “ No” votes-votes to keep “homosexuality” in the DSM as a mental disorder: 3,810Number of “Yes” votes-votes to remove “homosexuality” from the DSM as a mental disorder: 5,854 It should be noted that the number of “Yes” (5,854) made up only 32.7 percent of the total membership of the APA. Only slightly less than one-third of the APA’s membership approved the change. It should be further noted that the “National Gay Task Force” was able to obtain APA members addresses and the “NGTF” (with-out identifying itself) and they sent creepy letters to all members urging them to vote to remove “homosexuality” from the DSM. Bruce Voeller, the head of the NGTF admits, “Our costly letter has perhaps made the difference.” (The Long Road to Freedom, ed. by Mark Thompsan1994, p. 105-106) Dishonesty and intimidation had won the day for the same-gender sex movement, and when activists publicly claim that this vote was a scientific decision; they hide three years of deceit and intimidation. In same-gender sex publications, however, activists are remarkably candid about the reality of the vote. For example, Kay Tobin Lahausen, co-author of The Gay Crusaders describes a variety of activism.

“We did all sorts of protests…When the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations came out of some meeting and got in his big black limousine, I remember going crazy, rocking and beating on the limousine…He had never been besieged by a bunch of homosexuals before. But he had said something that got us going.” (Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990: an Oral History by Eric Marcus p.216-217) (–Author Marcus has worked as an associate producer for “CBS This Morning” and “Good Morning America.”)

Lahausen’s lover, Barbara Gittings was a well known activist during this time as well. Gittings was the first head of the American Library Association Gay Task Force, although she was not a librarian her objective was to bring books advocating the same-gender sex movement to the attention of librarians in hopes of having them included in libraries. At one American Library Association meeting Gittings set up a same-gender kissing booth, to attract attention to the same-gender sex. Gittings tells about her activism against the APA.

“Besides the ALA, I was also very involved, along with many other people, in efforts to get the American Psychiatric Association… to drop its listing of homosexuality as a mental illness. Psychiatrists were one of the three major groups that had their hands on us. They had a kind of control over our fate, in the eyes of the public, for a long time. “Religion and law were the other two groups that had their hands on us. So, besides being sick, we were sinful and criminal. But the sickness label infected everything that we said and made it difficult for us to gain any credibility for anything we said ourselves. The sickness issue was paramount.” (Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990: an Oral History by Eric Marcus p.221)

Gittings took place in the disruptive attacks (“saps”) on the APA. She states, “I am not opposed to sap tactics. In fact, I spearheaded a sap at a psychiatrists meeting and I’m ready to do it again.” (The Gay Crusaders, p.234) Barbara Gittings recounts, “The 1970 convention in San Francisco was disrupted by a group of feminists and gay men who were enraged by what the psychiatrists were saying about them—and newspapers all around the country carried the story” (The Gay Crusaders, p.216). The “Gay” Militants, a book about that time, adds details,

“On May 14, 1970 psychiatrists became the hunted. An invasion by the coalition of ‘gay’ and woman’s liberationists interrupted the national convention of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco to protest the reading of a paper by an Australian psychiatrists on the subject of ‘aversion therapy,’ a system of treatment  which attempts to change gay orientation by keying unpleasant sensations (such as electric shocks) to homosexual stimuli. By the time the meeting was over, the feminists and their gay cohorts were in charge…and the doctors were heckling from the audience.’” (The Gay Militants, by Donn Teal, p.272-273)

Same-gender sex activists took over the podium and microphones. Then, “Konstantin Berlandt, of Berkeley GLF, paraded through the hall in bright red dress. Paper airplanes sailed down from the balcony. With two papers still unread, the chairman announced adjournment.” (Ibid., p.274) On June 23, 1970 same-gender sex activists disrupted yet another meeting, this time in Chicago, be repeatedly shouting down the main speakers discourse. (Ibid., 275) Then, in October at a meeting at the University of Southern California, same-gender sex activists shouted down a speaker and then took over the stage and the microphone. (Ibid., pp.276-280) Kay Lahusen and Barbera Gittings know what really happened to the APA. In the book, Making History they are quite open about the reality.

Running Scared

Kay: This was always more of a political decision than a medical decision. Barbara: It never was a medical decision—and that’s why I think the action came so fast. After all, it was only three years from the time that feminists and gays first sapped the APA at a behavior therapy session to the time that the Board of Trustees voted in 1973 to approve removing homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. It was a political move.” (Making History, p.224) The APA was thoroughly intimidated. Later in the same year (1974), after the APA’s vote, Gittings was interviewed by a historian of the same-gender sex movement, Jonathan Ned Katz. Gittings brags, “That’s how far we’ve come in ten years. Now we even have the American Psychiatric Association running scared.” (Gay American History, by Jonathan Ned Katz, 1992, p.427. This interview was taped July 19, 1974). Anytime a scientific organization endorses same-gender sex, remember Gittings words: “They are running scared.” Same-gender sex activists have learned that intimidation works and they are never hesitant about using intimidation, psychological manipulation and deceit to reach the goals of their radical agenda. Later in 1974, same-gender sex activists set their vicious sights on an individual member of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. David Rueben, who was perhaps the best-known psychologist in the area of human sexuality at the time. Unbeknownst to Dr. Reuben, same-gender activists were lying in wait outside one of his lectures, and his physical safety was at risk. A same-gender sex activist and writer, Leigh Rutledge describes the attack in her book The Gay Decades,

“June 16, A fist fight broke out at a Philadelphia playhouse when ten gay activists interrupt a lecture by Dr. David Rueben and denounce him as ‘a criminal’ for his views on male homosexuality. One policeman and a protestor are injured in the melee.” (The Gay Decades, Leigh W. Rutledge, 1992, p.69)

On that same page, this book tells us that, “The Centers for Disease Control estimate that gay or bisexual men account for as much as one-third of the syphilis cases in the U.S.”Apparently, the American Psychological Association also got the message of intimidation, because they caved in to same-gender sex activists in 1975. In the book, The Long Road to Freedom the author writes,

“January…The American Psychological Association and American Association for the Advancement of Science echoed the American Psychiatric Association in deeming homosexuality not an illness.” (The Long Road to Freedom, pp.115)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) publishes the scientific journal Science, intimidation by same-gender sex activists was over for them.

“Under pressure from gay scientific groups, Science magazine banned anti-gay bias in its staff hiring and advertisement.” (The Long Road to Freedom, pp.214)

Could the AAAS have been thinking about “pressure from gay scientific groups” when they published the poorly done studies by LeVay (“gay” brains) and Hamer (“gay” gene)? Two scientists who protested the LeVay study raise serious questions about AAAS, Science, and same-gender sex activists. “The appearance of LeVay’s paper highlights a serious issue in science public policy. Should such a study, based on a questionable design, with subjects drawn from a small, highly selected and non-representative sample, receive the kind of international attention and credibility that publication in a journal with the stature of Science lends?” (Science, 11-1-91, p.630)If Dr. LeVay was not able to draw a proper sample and to fulfill other basic requirements for a scientific study, why did he conduct the study at all? If the study was not done for scientific reasons it must have been done for political reasons. Indeed, LeVay’s study was part of a public relations campaign, (the born “gay” hoax) to make the public believe that individuals were born “gay.” Science, a supposedly reputable publication, must have been intimidated to risk their own legitimacy by published such shoddy work.

When unethical political movements dominate science, pushing science in unscientific directions, science suffers and leads society astray. One lesson from these facts is unmistakable: every time a scientific group repeats the same-gender sex movement’s propaganda, you may justifiably suspect that these groups are acting out of ignorance or intimidation.

Another lesson is that same-gender sex activists are so desperate to cover their deeply dysfunctional condition that they will stop at nothing to hide the facts from the public.

Award-winning writer and same-gender sex activist Randy Shilts describes the denial among men that have sex with men, about their unhealthy lifestyles causing AIDS to be epidemic among them when he writes, “…the desperation of denial: how when something is so horrible you don’t want to believe it, you want to out it out of your mind and insist it isn’t true, and how you hate the person who says it is.” (And the Band Played On, 1988, p. 182)

Desperate denial –this seems to be what drives the deceit, psychological manipulation, and intimidation of both scientific groups and the public.



  1. December 5, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for writing this post. I have been interesting in learning how this occurred when the research was clearly against it for some time now. I looked into it a little more after reading your post. The basic crux of the vote was to change how to define mental illness. It was changed to define mental illness in terms of whether the participants liked the result or not. This new criterion was not applied across the board (or things like sado-masochism and incest would be “normal” as well), basically only to homosexuality since they made the big stink about it. What about those victims of the cannibal who wanted to be killed, does that make the cannibal normal?

    There is a story by one of the psychiatrists involved titled “On Arriving at the American Psychiatric Association Decision on Homosexuality,” by Irving Bieber, M.D. that you previously talked about but that I can not find. I wonder if anyone can provide a link to it.

  2. beetlebabee said,

    December 5, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Yeah, I heard that they declassified pedophilia at around the same time and there was such an uproar they had to re-classify it as a mental issue. I’m still learning about it, but there are some oddball psychologist people out there. One guy, I’ll have to find the link, was saying bestiality was fine and dandy as long as the animal agreed. Nuts. The whole place has gone nuts.

  3. ruby said,

    December 5, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    …why don’t people know about this?

  4. beetlebabee said,

    December 5, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    ….my guess is that the media doesn’t talk about it much, and it was 30 years ago…. I don’t think the LGBTQ community would appreciate it being widely known that the APA was pressured. They’re getting way too much mileage out of using them as a vindication and proof of the “born gay” theory.

    Now, no one knows for sure what causes same gender attraction, but if they can “prove” that it’s totally and completely inherent, if there is some gay gene controlling their behavior, then they have grounds for claiming special protections, much like women and blacks.

  5. the Mom said,

    December 5, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Very interesting article, and great blog. I look forward to reading more that you have written in the next few days. Check out my “Chocolate Chip Cookie Theory on Human Sexuality” for explaining homosexuality to children in an age appropriate way.

    BTW, I’m adding you to my blogroll.

  6. Shoes said,

    December 5, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Sorry this is so long. Last month, I visited a gay marriage support site. They had a “Born That Way” section. It was closed for comment–not one comment was ever allowed! Were they afraid that something like the following might be posted?

    In 1991, Michael Bailey of Northwestern University, studied twin gay men and found that 52 percent of identical twins were both gay. Only 22 percent of fraternal twins were both gay. 48 percent of female identical twins were both lesbian. Only 16 percent of female fraternal twins were both lesbian. While this study might indicate some sort of a genetic contribution, it also disproves the argument that “there is no choice”. Otherwise, 100% of the fraternal twins would be gay.

    In 1991, Dr. Simon LeVay published his studies on the hypothalamus size of gay men. He later commented: “It’s important to stress what I didn’t find. I did not prove that homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didn’t show that gay men are born that way, the most common mistake people make in interpreting my work. Nor did I locate a gay center in the brain. … Since I look at adult brains, we don’t know if the differences I found were there at birth or if they appeared later.”

    In 1993, the most famous gay study was released by Dr. Dean Hamer, a gay activist. (He cited a 2% American gay population for this study, which statistically helped his findings in his study.) He found that in 40 pairs of gay brothers, 33 had the same set of DNA sequences in the region of the chromosome known as Xq28.

    On January 12, 2005, Dr. Brian S. Mustanski of the University of Illinois at Chicago, claimed the first “full genome scan in homosexual men”. Even though he used many of the same subjects from Dr. Hamer’s study, Mustanski found no linkage in his overall samples at Xq28. He did, however, find stretches of DNA shared by 60% of gay men. These same stretches were also shared by 50% of the control group of straight men. According to Mustanski, “Our strongest finding was on 7q36 with a combined mlod score of 3.45 …this score falls just short of Lander and Kruglyak’s criteria for genomewide significance.”

    A Jan 4, 2006 “Seattle Times” interview with Dr. Dean Hamer, reads, “When he published his result in 1993 it became known as the ‘gay gene,’ but he said this label oversimplified the science. Many straight people have the ‘gay’ version of the marker. Scientists now know sexual orientation can’t be detected from testing any single gene — it’s set by a complicated combination of genes and environmental factors.”

    The latest scientific findings still seem to corroborate “Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues” by the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrics (May 2000). “No one knows what causes heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality…. there is a renewed interest in searching for biological etiologies for homosexuality. However, to date there are no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific biological etiology for homosexuality.”

  7. Shoes said,

    December 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Sorry. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry. For the last sentence of the 2nd paragraph, I should have written, “Otherwise, 100% of the identical twins would be gay.”

    Someone suggested that this particular study would have had more validity if the twins had grown up without each other, without similar environmental influences. Otherwise, it’s difficult to separate out how much influence is environmental and not genetic.

  8. waltzinexile said,

    December 5, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    You might want to turn off the “Possibly Related Posts” feature :)

  9. December 5, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Nice blog

    Any sign that this decision by the APA will be changed around? there seem to be a lot of doctors on the NARTH site who think it should.

  10. amy said,

    December 6, 2008 at 12:50 am

    It’s so amazing to see their tactics repeated over the years.

    “Same-gender sex activists have learned that intimidation works and they are never hesitant about using intimidation, psychological manipulation and deceit to reach the goals of their radical agenda.”

    Thank you for bringing this to light.

  11. beetlebabee said,

    December 6, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Secular Heretic,

    There were a lot of doctors who thought the APA had lost their marbles even when they changed their thinking the first time, those doctors are still out there, but I’m not sure their numbers are growing. The research does show quite a bit more information but you have to be willing to look at it honestly and resist the urge to twist it to suit your ideology. If they caved to pressure the first time, it would be infinitesimally likely that they would ever risk losing face enough to go back again.

    Of course, then again, they back tracked on pedophilia. After they said pedophilia was normal, the public outcry forced them to backpedal and they did so with all haste! I’d love to see that.

  12. danny said,

    December 6, 2008 at 2:09 am

    “…the desperation of denial: how when something is so horrible you don’t want to believe it, you want to out it out of your mind and insist it isn’t true, and how you hate the person who says it is.” (And the Band Played On, 1988, p. 182)

    Our society should be trying to help these people more. Instead of letting them convince themselves that their lifestyle is normal and healthy (as they continue to die from disease and suffer from psychological issues).

  13. beetlebabee said,

    December 6, 2008 at 2:27 am

    So I was reading just the other day about the most recent understanding of what actually contributes to SSA and I found this diagram from Julie Harren, Ph.D., LMFT that actually helped me understand quite a bit:

    Genes + Brain Wiring + Prenatal Hormonal Environment = Temperament
    Parents + Peers + Experiences = Environment
    Temperament + Environment = Homosexual Orientation

  14. rubyeliot said,

    December 6, 2008 at 2:32 am


    i think this article can deal with an “abstinence only education” link. i enjoyed reading it– thanks for point it out.

  15. beetlebabee said,

    December 6, 2008 at 2:35 am

    That’s why there are so many factors and so many variances in how SSA comes about, it’s hard to point to any one thing as a cause, but certainly those who say that people are “born gay” are presenting one version of facts that no one agrees with in light of current studies. The other end of the spectrum says that gay is a choice, implying a conscious choice. Perhaps for some that is true. Certainly during our p8 rallies, we met some teenagers who were out there just for the edginess of claiming SSA. However, I don’t think that’s the case for most people, just like you don’t choose addiction, I think the brain is powerful and not well understood.

    You do have a choice with how you choose to act.

    I got the formula from this article: http://www.narth.com/docs/hom101.html

  16. waltzinexile said,

    December 6, 2008 at 3:25 am

    Oh, I enjoyed it as well. However, the views espoused don’t align very well with the views here, so it was a little jarring.

  17. waltzinexile said,

    December 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Would you look at that. The “Possibly Related Posts” section is gone. You’re welcome.

  18. beetlebabee said,

    December 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Waltz…I think you’ve gone dancing to the wrong tune. I hear the spooky music playing today in your posts….are you sure you’re feeling ok?

  19. waltzinexile said,

    December 9, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Oh, I’m fine, thanks. I just noticed that the “possibly related posts” feature was gone after I brought it up and ruby had said that surely there was no need to remove it, so I was curious to see that it was removed anyway, is all.

  20. beetlebabee said,

    December 9, 2008 at 11:40 am

    It’s still there as far as I can see. All my posts have it, I’m not sure how I’d even go about removing it if I wanted to…..but if it’s stopped bothering you, that’s all I could ask for. Just here to serve!

  21. waltzinexile said,

    December 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    I call “Gaslight” LOL

  22. January 20, 2009 at 6:55 am

    The most telling part of this article for me was this:

    Psychiatrists were one of the three major groups that had their hands on us. They had a kind of control over our fate, in the eyes of the public, for a long time. “Religion and law were the other two groups that had their hands on us.

    What’re they saying now? “The docs and cops are already in the bag, so now let’s get those Christians!”

    No wonder they’ve been carrying on like babies who’ve never been changed, crying and breaking things. They’re on the third leg!

    Homosexual activists: 2, Society: 0.

    Keep your eye on the ball, people! Let’s hustle!

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