I was listening to This American Life yesterday, and this episode was absolutely fascinating. It's an account of the change of the status of homosexuality in the DSM (what psychiatrists use to classify mental disorders). What amazed me outside of the entire story itself was the work of Evelyn Hooker. In a nutshell: "Evelyn "the Stone" Hooker (September 2, 1907 - November 18, 1996) was a North American psychologist most notable for her 1957 paper "The Adjustment of the Male Overt Homosexual" in which she administered psychological tests to groups of homosexual and heterosexual people and asked experts, based on those tests alone, to select the homosexual people. The experiment, which other researchers subsequently repeated, demonstrates that homosexuals are no worse in social adjustment than the general population." This is from this article: Evelyn Hooker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia What struck me about this is that we are having so many bitter arguments lately on this board about gay men affecting our society by spreading disease, hurting our children, etc. and yet in the 1950s there was already valid research happening that said, as a whole, gay men are no less well adjusted than heterosexual men. So what gives? This is really interesting research, and there's been much of it done in the last 50 years, and we're still arguing about what THE GAYS are doing. If nothing else, the radio program is a fascinating listen and the research surprised me mainly because it's 50 years old and still very contemporary, but I'd never heard of it before.