08/09/2013 02:56 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Matthew Moore, Gay California Man, Gets 'Homosexual Behavior' Diagnosis From Local Doctor

A gay California man says he is "dumbfounded" after receiving a "homosexual behavior" diagnosis after visiting a new doctor for a routine physical.

NBC Los Angeles reports that Matthew Moore, 45, found "homosexual behavior" listed under "chronic conditions" and "diagnosis," along with the code 302.0.

Moore, who is openly gay, noted: "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." He then added, "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."

The doctor's name has not been released by the media. But the Torrance Memorial Physician Network quickly sent an apologetic response to Moore's complaint, claiming they do "not view homosexuality as a disease or a chronic condition," according to media reports. In addition, Moore's $30 copay was also refunded.

The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, citing that "research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psychopathology," in 1973.

Still, that didn't stop Italian scientist Gian Paolo Vanoli from claiming that vaccinations were responsible for producing homosexuality.

CORRECTION: The American Psychiatric Association was incorrectly identified as the American Psychological Association in an earlier edition of this article.



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