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Transgender advocates seek new diagnostic terms

in UNITED STATES, 12/08/2012

The nation’s psychiatric establishment is overhauling its diagnostic manual for the first time in almost two decades. Advocates have spent years lobbying the American Psychiatric Association to rewrite or even remove categories typically used to diagnose transgender people, arguing that terms such as “Gender Identity Disorder” and “Transvestic Fetishism” promote discrimination by broad-brushing a diverse population with the stigma of mental illness.

“The label of mental defectiveness really places a burden on trans people to continually prove our competence in our affirmed roles,” Kelley Winters, a Colorado scholar who has helped lead the push for changes, said.

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