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Queer Talk: American Psychiatric Association Revision – Transgender No Longer a Mental Disorder

The American Psychiatric Association’s newly revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the DSM V — no longer includes transgender and “gender non-conforming” as a “disorder.” As Zack Ford reports, at Think Progress, this is an “historic milestone,” similar to the APA’s removal of homosexuality as disorder in 1973.

Until now, the term ‘gender identity disorder’ has been used to diagnose people who are transgender. For conservatives, this has provided rhetorical carte blanche to describe the entire trans committee as disordered, delusional, and mentally ill. In some cases, this diagnosis has even been used to discriminate against trans people, with claims that they are unfit parents or employees, as examples. …

The new manual will diagnose transgender people with ‘Gender Dysphoria,’ which communicates the emotional distress that can result from ‘a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender.’ This will allow for affirmative treatment and transition care without the stigma of disorder.

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