A patient said a Southern California doctor diagnosed him with “Homosexual behavior” during his first visit to the office for a check-up.
Earlier this year, Matthew Moore started seeing a new doctor who suggested he undergo a complete physical. The tests revealed he was B-12 deficient, and had high blood pressure and high cholesterol — conditions that he called “normal for me.”
When Moore, who is openly gay, went back to the Manhattan Beach office to discuss the findings, the nurse gave him the results of his physical.
Among other diagnoses, the doctor listed “Homosexual behavior (302.0),” according to medical records obtained by NBC4. “Homosexual behavior” was also listed as a chronic condition on Moore’s patient plan.
“When I look up code 302.0 and its sexual deviancy or mental illness, and that code has been removed or suggested heavily not to be used since 1973,” Moore said.
“My jaw was on the floor. At first, I kind of laughed, I thought, ‘Here’s another way that gay people are lessened and made to feel less-than,’ and then as I thought about it and as I dealt with it, it angered me,” Moore said.
When Mr. Moore returned to his doctor’s office, he didn’t exactly get the apology that he thought he would…
He later returned to the office, at the suggestion of an attorney and friends, to let the doctor explain her decision. He said when asked, the doctor defended her position.
“I was dumbfounded,” Moore said.
Asked how one could treat homosexuality, the doctor said that “is still up to debate” and that the sexual orientation is “still being thought of as a disease,” Moore said.
Moore said he does not take issue with his sexual orientation noted on his medical chart, but he does have a problem with it listed under chronic conditions.
“Government tells us, oftentimes, that we’re not equal,” Moore said. “Many churches tell us that we’re sinners, and now here’s a medical professional telling us that we are sick. And it’s gotta stop.”
After demanding his $30 copay back, Mr. Moore received this letter in the mail.
Apologies are cool and all, but this doctor must have gotten her degeree from Westboro Baptist Church or somethin’…SMH
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