Simply put, the reason for human attraction is reproduction, and then child upbringing. Since homosexuals are attracted to the same sex, they cannot reproduce. Therefore the brain "failed" its mission, making homosexuality a mental disorder.
The scientific community stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder for three reasons:
1 - Homosexuality in incurable
2 - Homosexuality is not linked with violent behavior
3 - The constant barrage of complaints by gay-rights activists, who felt that homosexuals were being discriminated against was worrying.
And for all the "No" people: disorder simply means "out of order", "not working correctly" or "not normal" It doesn't have any psychologically negative connotations.
The word "wrong" does not bear the same impact in the scientific world as it does in the civil world.
I believe that we all need to understand that in order to stop hampering science with politics
First off I like gay people and this is not meant to be disrespectful, I was just wondering if homosexuality was a mental disorder. When I say mental disorder I say it in with the meaning of not correct. For example if a transsexual person is born as a male thinking they are female that could be considered some type of irregular mind wiring. Another example is how beastiality involves love with something you could never reproduce with. The reason for love in nature simply boils down to reproduction being the reason for love, so if a man is born seeing another man , subconsciously, attractive then couldn't that maybe be considered a mental disorder. It's just hypothetical.
You have a mind that doesn't match your body. So either you've got a physical biological disorder and your body is wrong, or you have a mental disorder. I think it's pretty obvious that homosexuality is a mental disorder.
No amount of intimidation by activists to get some psychiatric society to change it's stance - which it did despite less than 30% of its members agreeing it shouldn't be a disorder) - and then the continual update of definitions to support the gay agenda, will ever change this simple and obvious fact.
More to the point - does it really matter that it's a mental disorder? I think the answer to that is no, except for the fact that the world is treating the issue entirely the wrong way because of the delusion created by the gay activists.
Homosexuality is as much of a mental disorder as having skin. Homosexuality occurs in nature all the time. Don't believe me? Then spend some time reading about the New Mexico whiptail lizard. So why should we be horrified when it happens in humans? It's the 21st century, people. Enough with the jackassery.
How can brain wiring be "correct" or "incorrect"? The only logical way to say it is so is in respect to some reasonably objective aspect of functioning. Even then "objectivity" is limited since one could hypothetically take an opinion that what we're talking about is actually a good thing. But I think we can be reasonably objective in saying you want an accurate sensory depiction of the world (hence psychosis is bad) and you want a generally energy-efficient brain.
Just like you'd expect within the body's natural physical limitations a muscle to change in response to the environment so would you expect the brain and science says it does. New taxi drivers began growing new neurons in the back of the hippocampus and actually lose neurons in the front.
Hence just because someone does something society disapproves of and brain scans show the person's brain is different does not mean that person has a mental illness. It most likely means that the person's habitual ways of interacting with their environment just make that particular setup in their brain the most energy efficient.
This could go for a lot of things. For instance, maybe an ADHD child who had no problems before middle school is having trouble transitioning into new habits and their brain is wired for the old habits and instead of a lifetime of medication the child needs to get used to the new habits. In fact an article shows that ADHD behavioral therapy may be more effective than drugs over the long term. Another one says that if a depressed person stops therapy if their therapy was drugs they get depressed almost right away but if their therapy was a counselor they tend to stay undepressed for a longer period of time after they stop seeing the counselor.
Right and wrong will always be fluid things and are defined by individuals and society in ongoing interactions and can also be defined in retrospect (we say today that slavery was wrong even back during times when people then thought of it as right and we're right to think of it that way even if it is only wrong back then because of how we choose to look at it today). Right and wrong are not out there to be discovered by science.
So to the question "Is homosexuality a mental disorder?" I would definitively say "no" but I would also say that the fact that it once was considered to be one shows just how much psychiatry is used for social control when it is supposed to be about individual wellness. Social criticism, parenting, discipline programs (particularly for the person who finds themselves sick and tired of their own behavior), and when necessary prison (which yes has many problems and needs reform, let's look at Finnland they have done good things with it) are for social control. Psychiatry should keep itself separate from that.
The practice of homosexuality is a vile, foul, shameful, repulsive act that not only goes against human nature, but against God sacred doctrine.
However, after taking their sexual practices out of the picture, homosexuals are just normal people like you and me; therefore, calling it a "mental disorder" is very extreme.
(From Merriam-Webster and dictionary.Com, respectively)
a mental or bodily condition marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, and emotions to seriously impair the normal psychological functioning of the individual—called also mental illness "
any of various disorders in which a person's thoughts, emotions, or behaviour are so abnormal as to cause suffering to himself, herself, or other people"
Homosexuality does not fit that description. Ergo, not mental illness/disorder. Homosexuality, and homosexual behavior, in itself, is neither 'disorganization' of the mind, an 'impairment of normal psychological functioning', nor 'so abnormal as to cause suffering to him/her-self or other people'.
The fact is that homosexuality is essentially exactly the same thing as heterosexuality is, just with the target of sexuality being the same rather than opposite gender. Unless we, for completely ridiculous and fallacious reasons, choose to deliberately ignore the facts that;
1. Homosexuality exists in over 1000 species in nature,
2. That it has several indirect advantages, in a biological sense, of aiding in the successful reproduction off siblings, and thus allowing the homosexual's genes, in the 'form' of their siblings' genes, to be passed on to the next generation,
3. That the 'purpose' of intercourse, and by extension the 'reproductive' (which I will remind you is simply a name-tag attached by humans, and is not in fact necessarily indicative of their actual/primary 'purpose', and which most higher animals also often use for excretion of liquid waste) and related organs, in higher animals, when chosen to be used in such a manner, is in fact psychologically driven pleasure, and desire to 'be close' to their sexual partner.
Even were we 'only' to 'denounce' homosexual sex acts, rather than the sexuality itself, as 'wrong', we must then also rule that oral/anal intercourse, and more than likely any other sex acts that cannot result in impregnation, as also being 'wrong' when done by heterosexual couples.
Homosexuality is just liking something many other people don't, just like types of music, movies, books, people, bedroom activities (0.O if you know what I mean), art, etc. People all like different things, and I think everyone can agree that that's normal and not a mental disorder. If you relate it to music then homophobia is like hating on someone for not liking pop and/or rock music, which is totally normal (not liking pop and/or rock, not hating) and accepted, but for some reason, everything changes when it becomes about sex.
Are we really up to the point where we are classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder? There are plenty of homosexuals who do not seen to have any mental problems, the only thing different about them is that they are attracted to the same gender. Their brains are the same as ours, if you scanned a gay and straight persons brain they would be the same. We really have to just accept the truth that homosexuality exists and we need to get over it.
First of all, every reputable psychological organization has said homosexuality is not a mental disorder. They once said it was, but that was in an age of fear. Any concept of treatment for mental illnesses is fairly new - 19th century, even. It used to just be asylum, madhouse, bye-bye. After research, homosexuality is now conclusively known not to be a mental disorder.
There seems to be a false equivocation in this opinion between "non-normal" and "mental disorder." Normal does not inherently mean correct. Deviating from what is normal does not inherently mean "mental disorder." Homosexuality is natural. Human sexuality is fluid, as emphasized with the Kinsey Scale.
Mental disorders, by definition, cause distress or disability. Having sexual tendencies towards the same gender is not grounds for either of these. It is only through other people stigmatising and loathing this variation in sexual preference does a homosexual become distressed (e.G. Fear of 'coming out') -- the homosexuality does not cause the stress in itself. Thus, it can be concluded homosexuality is not a mental disorder.
Homosexuality is the state of sexuality in which should be accepted as normal. I believe that the thing that is not right is the question on the existence and the freedom of those who prefer to live on their way regardless of the proscription from social stereotype. The one who is mentally disorder is the one who put an unfair labels on others as disordered.
Homosexuality isn't a mental disorder, or a choice, or a problem, or a sin, or anything like that. Saying it is, is like saying that being left-handed is a mental disorder, or a choice, or a problem, or a sin. And I don't hear people yelling about that, do I?