Rep. Skip Stam Calls Pedophilia, Sadism 'Sexual Orientations'

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The Prince of Pelvic Politics is at it again, this time with a handout quoting from a 14 year old American Psychiatric Association's manual that referred to pedophilia, necrophilia and bestiality as sexual orientations. The manual has since been updated, but of course Majority Leader Stam forgot to mention that. WRAL has part of the story,

Stam's handout was from the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published in 2000, summing up its chapter on paraphilias (sexual attractions). It listed pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia and prostitution as "sexual orientations." 

The APA manual has since been updated to classify those paraphilias as "disorders," not "orientations," a fact Stam did not mention.

"Sexual orientation is not defined anywhere. I have here 30 different types of sexual orientation," Stam said. "I thought we should exclude pedophilia, masochism, and sadism, which are sexual orientations."  

"Many, many sexual orientations are not ones you want to have teaching kids in school. You may think you know what you mean by this, but you don't," Stam said, saying that he would refrain from explaining the list. 

The list was the same one Stam passed around in 2010 when arguing against including sexual orientation in the state's statute against school bullying.  

Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, the legislature's only openly gay member, took issue with Stam's handout.

"Pedophilia is not a sexuality, and we cannot continue in this body to keep calling things something [they're] not. It's offensive to a whole group of people," Brandon said. "It is a disease and a problem that has to be addressed outside of this body."  

It's time for the for Speaker Pro Tem to enter the 21st century. 

Here's a picture from the handout Stam passed out yesterday:

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