Pentagon Alters Homosexuality Guidelines

  1. Pentagon Alters Homosexuality Guidelines

    Pentagon guidelines that classified homosexuality as a mental disorder now put it among a list of conditions or "circumstances" that range from bed-wetting to fear of flying...

    ...The revision came in response to criticism this year when it was discovered that the guidelines listed homosexuality alongside mental retardation and personality disorders....

    Pentagon Alters Homosexuality Guidelines - washingtonpost.com
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    groan
  4. by   gwenith
    How nice of them - homosexuality is no longer a disease - merely a disorder. Perhaps (one can only dream) one day they will get it right - a part of the beautiful complex maddening condition called humanity.
  5. by   jnette
    So who are these "experts" who espouse to have the authority on this subject... or "condition"....just where do they get their info on this ? Are these MDs, Psychologists... who?

    Groan is right.
  6. by   indigo girl
    Still living in the Dark Ages...
    So discouraging that prejudical thinking, because that is what it is, is allowed to make policies that effect real human lives.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    what ON EARTH???????????!
  8. by   donsterRN
    I could hurl.

    I don't know who the "experts" are either, but I can't help but think that the Pentagon staff has more important things to worry about.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Consider this:

    It IS the Pentagon.

    Nuff said.
  10. by   mercyteapot
    The dickens with the DSM. We've got the Pentagon! Leave it to this administration...
  11. by   sanctuary
    WOW. Military experts have re-classified me...Still won't take me. They will take autistic boys...'Til his mom went ballistic. Great system.
  12. by   indigo girl
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    WOW. Military experts have re-classified me
    Well, that's only if you tell them, my sister. Remember, it's don't ask , don't tell.

    They will take autistic boys? That's interesting. Do they need to be on meds?
    Wouldn't that be a problem out in the field?
    Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 22, '06
  13. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from indigo girl
    Well, that's only if you tell them, my sister. Remember, it's don't ask , don't tell.

    They will take autistic boys? That's interesting. Do they need to be on meds?
    Wouldn't that be a problem out in the field?
    I was wondering about this myself. My son, and most of the other people with autism that I know, would not do well in the military. I always thought that if, God forbid, the draft returns, my son would be classified as 4-F.
  14. by   sanctuary
    Actually, a local boy was already signed up before his mom found out. She was assured that he would do fine, a little touch of autism never hurt anyone, and the Army might even pull him out of it. Can you imagine him in boot camp? Jeeze, what an image. But I guess the recruiters are under a lot of pressure to come up with bodies, even taking a fellow being treated for bi-polar /depression and telling him he would be given meds in boot camp. He was not, so he developed symptoms. He ran away, come back home and hid for a month, before his dad dragged him back to the recruiter with a psychiatrist's note.
    And indigo girl, I would have to tell. Sneaky, deceptive underhanded behavior would probably cause a touch of paranoia, shame and self doubt. Not qualities helpful in stressful situations... like wars.

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