Matthew Moore says he was given a diagnosis of “homosexual
behavior” by a doctor during an initial visit for a check-up.
According to NBC4,
results of Moore's physical by a Manhattan Beach, California doctor
included the diagnosis of “Homosexual behavior (302.0)” and was
listed as a chronic condition on his patient plan.
“When I look up code 302.0 and it's sexual deviancy or mental
illness, and that code has been removed or suggested heavily not to
be used since 1973,” Moore told NBC News.
“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.”
When Moore confronted the doctor during a subsequent visit, she
reportedly defended her diagnosis, saying that being gay is “still
being thought of a disease.”
Moore wrote a letter to the Torrance Memorial Physician Network
asking for a refund of his $30 copay, which he received, along with
“We would like to unequivocally state that the Torrance Memorial
Physician Network does not view homosexuality as a disease or a
chronic condition and we do not endorse or approve of the use of Code
302,0 as a diagnosis for homosexuality,” Heidi Assigal, senior
director of Torrance Health Association, Inc, wrote in response.