The Instigator
freakazoid
Pro (for)
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The Contender
Blade-of-Truth
Con (against)
Winning
29 Points

Gays are mentally sick people

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Blade-of-Truth
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/17/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (5)
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Votes (7)

 

freakazoid

Pro

Acceptance
Blade-of-Truth

Con

I accept the debate, and as Con will be arguing that "gays are not mentally sick people".

Please begin.
Debate Round No. 1
freakazoid

Pro

freakazoid forfeited this round.
Blade-of-Truth

Con

Pro has forfeited Round 2.

Since this is a 5 round debate, I will extend the opportunity once more for Pro to begin.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
freakazoid

Pro

blah blah
Blade-of-Truth

Con

In this debate, Pro has the burden of proof in showing that "Gays are mentally sick people". So far, Pro has forfeited a round and has now only provided two words "blah blah". At this point, it's clear that Pro has done nothing to uphold his burden.

I'll extend the opportunity, once more, for Pro to begin with his real arguments.

Regardless, I will be introducing my own arguments in the next round so that Pro will at-least have one chance at providing rebuttals.

I thank the audience for their patience, and look forward to any and all arguments Pro might present.
Debate Round No. 3
freakazoid

Pro

freakazoid forfeited this round.
Blade-of-Truth

Con

I thank my opponent for his forfeit in Round 4.

Arguments

I. Being gay is not a mental illness

First and foremost, it needs to be understood by both Pro and the audience that being Gay is not a mental illness.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. [1] Its latest edition is the DSM-5, which serves as the authoritative guide to diagnosing mental disorders. Within this manual you find any and every known mental disorder recognized by health professionals in the United States and globally. However, homosexuality is not among them. [3]

What is interesting to note is that this wasn't always the case. In fact, in 1952, the APA listed homosexuality in the DSM as a sociopathic personality disturbance. [2] This wasn't very long-lasting though. Presented with data from researchers such as Alfred Kinsey and Evelyn Hooker, the seventh printing of the DSM-II, in 1974, no longer listed homosexuality as a category of disorder. [2] The draft of the DSM-V does not contain any mention of any disorder associated with same-sex desires. The Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders category has been converted to Gender Dysphoria, and refers only to individuals in distress over a perceived mismatch between their sex and their expressed gender. [3]

As anyone can clearly see, the most respected and utilized mental disorder manual known to us shows that gays are not mentally sick people.

In closing,

The resolution now stands negated. I would also like to point out that Pro has the Burden of Proof to affirm the resolution, and so far has done nothing to uphold that burden.

I now return the floor to Pro.

Thank you.

Sources

[1] http://www.psychiatry.org...
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org...
[3] http://www.academia.edu...
Debate Round No. 4
freakazoid

Pro

freakazoid forfeited this round.
Blade-of-Truth

Con

Pro has fully forfeited this debate.

Since Pro failed to provide any rebuttals to my argument, I extend my argument as it currently stands unchallenged.

Aside from that, Pro fully failed to uphold his BOP as Instigator of this debate.

For these reasons, I urge a vote for Con.

Thank you.

Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by BLAHthedebator 2 years ago
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Pro's third round...
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Vote Placed by Zarroette 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct to Con for Pro's round forfeits. Pro never fulfils the BoP, so arguments to Con. Sources to Con for being the only debater to provide any.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro clearly didn't even try. Con outargued Pro in every way, and provided sources to back their claim. Pro you could have at-least capitalized blah blah.
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Reasons for voting decision: FF. Granted due to pro's R3 of bold and italicized "blah blah," than if pro is gay, there is a sliver of evidence in favor of the resolution.