Being gay was considered a disorder. Those ancient societies that had no issues with gay people were also very depraved. Pedophilia, Incest, And all sorts of depraved behaviors were allowed in those gay friendly societies.
It wasn't until a bunch of gay people marched and protested to change the DSM. Rather than using science they just listened to crowd. Go to 5 different physiologists and you will be labeled with something. Sometimes you even get a diagnosis that contradicts another physiologists. The DSM is just people opinions. Their science is junk science. They just give people chemicals and hope for the best, Or blame your parents.
But if you are gay there is nothing is wrong with you. Even though by proven studies gay people are messed up individuals. They tend to drink more and be more promiscuous and suffer domestic abuse by other gay people. But because they protested there is nothing wrong with them there is nothing wrong with them.
Gay people are more in danger from other gay people than violent homo-phobes. No one talks about how most of them suffered from child abuse or were groomed by adults. And if they commit crimes or do bad stuff they get more leniency.
And now they want label religious people of all faiths as insane. Even though religious people tend to be more healthy people they are being called the crazy ones.
The world has gone upside down just to admit that wrong is right.
Similarly to depression you do not have to have clinical depression to be depressed, I think this may be true with being gay. This initially sounds complex but I think its possible that being gay could be caused by a chemical imbalance, It could also be caused by different things like emotional turmoil in later years or sexual displeasure. Rape and many other negative things could have caused people to be gay. This doesn't mean there is anything wrong with being gay, Be gay if you want I don't give a shit but I think its important to discuss if it is mental illness or not instead of ignoring it. Not every mental illness is a negative thing but it means that there is something effecting your feeling(sexuality) and thinking. So its possible in some cases that being gay is an actual mental illness of its own and in others a symptom of mental health or illness, Just like something like depression.
This is like saying if you have got a concussion and are wobbly, Then you have a mental illness. For millennia, People have been transgender, And have been abused and have been called stupid or against the bible. I personally have a friend who is transgender, And there is nothing wrong with him. The fact that people are so close to the bible just scares me. Have they ever thought about the bible might be fiction?
Nowadays we know that gay people does not mean to be ill or something like that, It is a way of think out of date, Everybody knows a lot of gay people who are successful people in all aspects of their live, Know is very normal to have a gay friend and with the time they are more accepted between society without any trace of mental illnes. Mental illness goes beyond sexual orientations, Race, Or way of thinking.
Based on the department of health, These are the symptoms that occur when a person has a mental illness: anxiety and depressive disorders. While everyone experiences strong feelings of tension, Fear, Or sadness at times, A mental illness is present when these feelings become so disturbing and overwhelming that people have great difficulty coping with day-to-day activities, Such as work, Enjoying leisure time, And maintaining relationships.
None of the aspects mentioned above is directly related to the fact of being gay.
Mental Illness, As defined by the American Psychiatric Association "refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders — health conditions involving;
Significant changes in thinking, Emotion and/or behaviour
Distress and/or problems functioning in social, Work or family activities"
Homosexuality does not fit under this definition of Mental Illness. Homosexuality does not define a person, Or affect who they are or how they think. This is not something that can be "cured" as it is not something that is a problem. Mental Illnesses in their own regard do not deserve as much stigmatisation as they receive, As these people are functioning members of society who face internal pressures on them which naturally takes a toll on them.
Attempts at calling Homosexuality (or any other sexuality) a Mental Illness is caused by a lack of understanding towards these groups, And a lack of empathy.
The religious and societal compulsion to enforce heterosexuality and gender roles on everyone is more of a mental illness than homosexuality is. Without people telling you homosexuality is wrong, You would not believe it to be wrong. Because there is nothing inherently negative about homosexuality.
Additionally, This homosexuality/heterosexuality categorization depends on the assumption of gender and sex being binary, Which is a concept, Not a truth. There are people who do not identify, For reasons either biologically or psychologically, With male or female. This proves that sexuality itself is a concept, Which is based on another concept. In that sense, The act of calling anything a mental illness can be seen as arbitrary since they are all just categorizations of natural behaviour based on theoretical concepts.
There's nothing disorderly about it. They're attracted to people of the same sex that are consenting adults. That's it. Nothing wrong with that. Here are some symptoms of a mental illness
Feeling sad or down
Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
Excessive fears or worries, Or extreme feelings of guilt
Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
Withdrawal from friends and activities
Significant tiredness, Low energy or problems sleeping
Detachment from reality (delusions), Paranoia or hallucinations
Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
Problems with alcohol or drug use
Major changes in eating habits
Sex drive changes
Excessive anger, Hostility or violence
Don't see how any of it applies to being gay. The only way any of it would apply is due to homophobia in society which can cause depression, Anxiety and mood changes which is fairly obvious. Though it's not inherent if you're gay and have an accepting community and family.
"Mentally ill" is a (rather arbitrary) label we assign to people whose minds are abnormal in a way which significantly affects their ability to function within society. Being gay does not significantly affect one's ability to function within society (certainly not in my experience) and thus gay people aren't mentally ill.
Homosexuality is not considered a mental illness by psychologists, Psychiatrists, And other mental health professionals. In order for something to be considered a mental illness, It must be categorized as "abnormal behaviour". The psychiatric definition of "abnormal behaviour" is when that behaviour is harmful to the individual or others around the individual. If the individual is depressed due to their sexual orientation, The mental illness associated is more closely rated to sexual dysphoria. In 1973, The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality as a mental illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Which is the manual used by psychiatrists worldwide to diagnose patients. The American Psychological Association agreed with the idea to remove it from the DSM. Therefore, By definition, Homosexuality is not considered a mental illness.