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Old 21 September 2017, 12:12 PM
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Jaded Brazil Judge Rules Homosexuality a Disease, Approves ‘Conversion Therapy’

A federal judge in Brazil ruled last week that psychologists could consider homosexuality a disease that could be treated with sexual orientation conversion therapies, raising concerns from LGBTQ and mental health advocates.
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Old 22 September 2017, 08:14 PM
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Two words to that judge: NFBSK You!
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Old 22 September 2017, 08:53 PM
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Old 22 September 2017, 09:12 PM
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To anybody who thinks being either gay or transgender is a disease or a disorder: find out what diseases and disorders actually are.

Yes, the bigotry is the main issue here but I'm not just being pedantic about the terminology. Nobody - not a judge, not even an actual doctor - can decree something is an illness just because it's not the most typical state. You might as well say left-handedness is a disorder, or being freckly or having above-average intelligence. If it doesn't cause problems that aren't related to prejudice towards the trait then it's not a bloody disorder!

Diseases and disorders are not categories into which you get to place stuff you disapprove of and doing so doesn't add that much-wanted veneer of science to your personal hang-ups.
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Old 23 September 2017, 10:45 PM
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From what I read on this, it was an appeal based solely on a prior court ruling against an evangelical therapist who believes homosexuality to be a disease. Something that the regulatory agencies in Brazil disagreed with and revoked that persons license. It was a religious, evangelical backlash against rising support for LGBT rights in Brazil.

Good news is, that the Licensing board will appeal the ruling and I sure hope that they win. It doesn't appear to be a very popular ruling even in Brazil.
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