In oder for lies to maintain credibility there are constant additions to the original lie by redefining the terms while keeping the same meaning. Homosexuality follows this pattern.
“When the American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the DSM-I in 1952, homosexuality was classified as a “sexual deviation” within the larger “sociopathic personality disturbance” category of personality disorders. The sexual deviation diagnosis included “homosexuality, transvestism, pedophilia, fetishism and sexual sadism” as examples.”
In 1973 the APA removed the diagnosis of “homosexuality” from the second edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). This resulted after comparing competing theories, those that pathlogized homosexuality and those that viewed it as normal.”
In 1973 homosexuality was considered a “sexual deviation”. That position had been the accepted understanding for thousands of years. In 1973 mankind became totally enlightened and determined that homosexuality was in fact normal behavior and all of history had it wrong. The lie is that homosexuality is normal acceptable behavior.
The lie could not continue to gain acceptance if the word homosexuality was attached so not soon after 1973 the word describing the behavior was changed from homosexuality to lesbian and gay. The words were given favorable treatment as the definition of homosexuality was morphed into normal, acceptable, everyday behavior. The campaign began now 50 years ago.
The behavior didn’t change, just the nomenclature. Not long after other categories of sexually deviant behavior needed new terminology to rebrand the practices. LG became LGB. That is people that are homosexual may also enjoy heterosexual behavior so they needed a category and acceptable term. As the slope continued to slide quickly the next minority recognized the power of language. Instead of being identified as a man who dresses as a woman and be considered a sexual deviant, the term transvestite and transgender joined the crusade for freedom, LGBT.
A new category was added and uses the letter Q and the identifier. LGBTQ. It is easier to go to the Pride and Progress website to explain how this all evolved.
‘Have you ever wondered what the “Q” in LGBTQ stands for? Or what the other letters mean? Just as language constantly evolves, the words we use to describe ourselves and other facets of identity are changing, too. Here are some terms you should be familiar with, based on resources from the American Psychological Association; NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists; National Center for Transgender Equality. After you read them, test your knowledge using the memory game below.
LGBTQ: The first four letters of this standard abbreviation are fairly straightforward: “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.” The Q can stand for “questioning” — as in still exploring one’s sexuality — or “queer,” or sometimes both.
QUEER: Once considered a demeaning slur for being gay, “queer” is being reclaimed by some as a self-affirming umbrella term, especially among those who consider other labels restrictive. Some still believe it’s a homophobic slur, so it’s always best to ask or wait for the person whom you’re speaking with to use it.
SEX: The scientific community views sex as different from gender. Sex is assigned at birth based on a newborn’s physical and biological characteristics, such as chromosomes, hormone prevalence and anatomy. Generally, a newborn’s sex is assigned male or female, though some states and countries provide a third option for those who are intersex.
INTERSEX: People born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia or an internal reproductive system that is not considered standard for males or females. Parents and physicians usually choose the sex of the child, resulting in surgery or hormone treatment. Some intersex adults want this practice to end because one’s sex at birth may not align with their own sense of gender or identity.
GENDER: The socially constructed roles, behaviors and attributes that serve as cultural indicators of someone’s personal and social identity. Typically, these roles are grouped into one of two categories: male or female. That’s starting to change, as society grows more comfortable with the idea of gender as a spectrum and not binary.
GENDER IDENTITY: A person’s emotional and psychological sense of their gender, which may not align with the sex they were assigned at birth. The most common examples of gender identity are male and female, but there are several terms for people who don’t fit into those categories, such as the following…
NON-BINARY: One of the more common terms to describe people who don’t identify as male or female. Some may have a gender that blends male and female elements, or they may not identify with any gender. Common synonyms or alternatives to non-binary terms include genderqueer and gender nonconforming.
TRANSGENDER: Unlike non-binary people, transgender people may identify as male or female. What the two groups share is the innate sense that their gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth.
CISGENDER: The prefix “cis” means “on this side.” Adding it to the suffix “gender” creates a word for someone whose gender identity aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth. In other words, someone who does not identify as transgender.
Society has come a long way from 1973. Homosexuality has evolved from deviant behavior to applauded practice. Additional behaviors have been added to the movement and language is the method used to change the perception. The issue is the behavior. Words can be used to change the perception but words do not change the behavior. The behavior has not changed only the defense of deviant behavior. Increasing the categories to cover all kinds of additional sexual deviance will not remove the denial of shame and guilt at the heart level. Wrong cannot become right just because you want it to.
At what point does the language and definitions run into truth that seems to be over the line? For example, lets continue the alphabet game. What happens when LGBTQ+ becomes LGBTQ+PPPB? In 1973 LG was considered deviant behavior. in fifty years BTQ+ has been added. There is movement afoot to treat pedophilia as a chosen normal behavior and not something people should be judged or charged with a crime. Should pedophilia be added to the list as acceptable behavior? How about polyamory, or polygamy? Will beastiality be added to the letter parade?
Sexual behavior is designed to be between one man and one woman in a covenant for life. Any and all other behavior is against the design. Disobedience cannot be lied away. Man desires so much to be in control that lies are the only choice to cover the truth of sin. One lie begets another, and another, and another.
The truth is so much easier.