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Homophobia in medicine

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7171.1532e (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1532
  1. Alan Sheard, retired consultant in public health medicine
  1. Yorkshire

    Members of parliament and the bishops at the last Lambeth conference were circulated with an open letter on sexuality signed by 23 doctors. This gives dire warnings about the dangers of anal intercourse, and urges that the age of consent for homosexuals should not be reduced.

    At least two of the doctors who signed the statement have written for or been quoted in documents produced by “Christian” organisations in the past year or so. These organisations include the Association of Christian Teachers, Christian Action in Research and Education, the Maranatha Community, Cost of Conscience and Reform (jointly), and the Christian Institute. The documents vary in length, but are all similar in content. They include a medical section, “written by doctors,” which warns of the medical consequences of homosexuality; a social section, which links homosexuality with paedophilia; and a religious section, which says the Bible is against homosexuality.

    Well that's life, and religious cranks are always with us. But the medical evidence that …

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