Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Doctor Said...

Written by  Rev. Jeffrey D. Harris

For many, whatever the physician says is absolute. People have given up on life because they received negative doctor reports. We all know someone who had a scary doctor visit. The physician found a lump, blood clot, or something indeterminate. In turn, the doctor requested blood before his diagnosis. Those were the worst hours in a person’s life! They didn’t sleep or eat but struggled with the conditional statements of “what if.” In some cases, the diagnosis was not good but others were better.

Let’s see what the “the doctor said” about homosexuality!

Physicians and clinicians have tried for many years to cure “homosexuals.” This particular article, my research extends to the 1940s, when homosexuality “was discussed as an aspect of psychopathic, paranoid and schizoid personality disorder.” Physicians defined homosexuality as pathology while psychiatrists made bold claims about treating and curing the “illness.”

James Harrison, who produced Changing Our Minds in 1992, noted “the medical profession viewed homosexuality with such abhorrence that virtually any proposed treatment seemed defensible.” Many horrific forms of treatment were forced on persons of our “Community.” Lesbian’s were forced to receive hysterectomies and massive amounts of estrogen, only for a “negative” result of “no change in her sexual orientation.” Gay men were massacred too! Same documentary: a gay man was forced to “undergo a transorbital lobotomy.” The video shows a small ice pick-like object being inserted in his eye socket, above the eyeball into the brain. The pick, then moved back and forth, reducing the prefrontal lobe to a hemorrhaging pulp. Another gay man was strapped down with electrodes to his head and a male voice says, “We’re going to help you get better.” The power switch is thrown and the man’s body jerks violently as he screamed. Castrations and varied aversion therapy – none of them produced change in sexual orientation. These horrifying incidents only caused many LGBTQ persons to be mangled and lose their lives.

We honor heavenly Creator and the wisdom He’s given doctors advancements in medical sciences, including psychiatry. Dr. Evelyn Hooker, a young psychologist, presented a study to the American Psychological Association in 1956 and changed the minds of current and future colleagues regarding homosexuality. “Her study was the first of many showing homosexuality could not be defined as pathology.” Therefore, “in 1973 the American Psychiatric Association established that they would remove ‘homosexuality’ from its official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, signifying the end of homosexuality’s official status as a disease.”

Many who study psychiatry don’t try to change a person’s orientation and they are trained to not regard homosexuality as a disease.

Moreover, in 2014 an article written by Ian Sampler, published on, 400 gay men were study subjects who gave fresh evidence that male sexual orientation is influenced by genes. The subjects DNA was studied and revealed that “a region on the X chromosome called Xq28 had impact on men’s sexual orientation behavior.” Also, chromosome 8 contributed to a male’s orientation.

In light of it all, I have wonderful news! “The Doctor said” – and I do mean, Jehovah God – impressed me to relay this message, “Tell my people, all who read this: ‘I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and an expected end.”(Jeremiah 29:11)

God loves all his creation, including the LGBTQ community. God claims us as His own! (Psalm 24:1) “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof and they that dwell there.”

No matter what mainstream religion says, we will deal with that later, but know that the Creator, Jehovah God loves You! We at Truth and Love Outreach Center love you too.

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