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A milestone change by the APA

in UNITED STATES, 21/12/2012

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced that their governing body has voted to replace Gender Identity Disorder (GID) with Gender Dysphoria (GD). It’s a milestone for transgender and transsexual people, as well as for those who identify as both transgender and transsexual; the decision has medical, political and psychiatric implications.

Kelley Winters, Ph.D. is a writer on issues of transgender medical policy and founder of GID Reform Advocates. She wrote on the GID Reform Advocate Web site:
“Some of the proposed gender-related revisions in the DSM-5 are positive, however they do not go nearly far enough. The Gender Identity Disorder category (intended by its authors to mean “disordered” gender identity) is renamed to Gender Dysphoria (from a Greek root for distress). Though widely misreported today as “removal” of GID from the classification of disorders, this name change is in itself a significant step forward.

“… a worse problem in the DSM-5 is the Transvestic Disorder (formerly Transvestic Fetishism) category. It is punitive and scientifically capricious – designed to punish nonconformity to assigned birth roles. It has been expanded to stigmatize even more gender-diverse people and should be removed entirely from the DSM.”

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