There is a myth circulating among the usual Christianists that the American Psychological Association changed pedophilia to a “sexual orientation” in the new DSM-V. Note Liberty Counsel’s headline.

  1. That is incorrect. Pedophilic disorder criteria remained unchanged from DSM-IV, but the disorder name was revised from pedophilia to pedophilic disorder and;
  2. The American Psychological Association has nothing to do with the diagnostic and statistical manual. That would be the American Psychiatric Association.

There is, or was, an error in the text discussion and should read “sexual interest.” While this created doubt among the faithful, mental health professionals know that sexual orientation is, has been, and always will be defined as the romantic attraction to men, women, both or neither.

The folks at Liberty Counsel are profoundly confused.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.