US shrinks say trans no longer ‘mental illness’

American Psychiatric Association removes transgender from mental illness category after years of LGTB lobbying

US shrinks say trans no longer ‘mental illness’
06 August 2012

Transgender people are no longer considered ‘mentally ill’ by the American Psychiatric Association.

The mental health organization’s decision to replace the term ‘gender identity disorder’ with ‘gender dysphoria’ means transgender is no longer categorized as a mental illness and comes after years of campaigning by activists.

‘It no longer matters what your body looks like, what you want to do to it, all of that is irrelevant as far as the APA goes,’ said Dana Beyer, a retired eye surgeon who helped the Washington Psychiatric Society make recommendations for the chapter on ‘Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders’.

She told the Associated Press: ‘A right-winger can’t go out and say all trans people are mentally ill because if you are not dysphoric, that can’t be diagnosed from afar.’

The change will have an impact on legal cases, with courts unable to use a person’s gender identity against them, but also meaning trans people can’t use their ‘disorder’ as a defense.

The move is being cited as the step big step in the LGBT rights movement since the APA announced in 1973 that homosexuality was not a mental illness, paving the way for greater tolerance and acceptance in society.

‘All psychiatric diagnoses occur within a cultural context,’ Jack Drescher, a New York psychiatrist and member of the APA subcommittee, told the Associated Press.

‘We know there is a whole community of people out there who are not seeking medical attention and live between the two binary categories. We wanted to send the message that the therapist’s job isn’t to pathologize.’



No thumbnail available

Elton John breaks Chinese censorship to honor Ai Weiwei at Beijing gig

Veteran performer dedicates show to dissident artist after meeting him in Beijing
No thumbnail available

Tom Daley: 'Football will accept openly gay player'

British gay diver revealed he will not be making any political statement against Russia's anti-gay laws when he travels there next year
No thumbnail available

‘Grease’ star under fire for tasteless gay sex Instagram photo

Australian singer Rob Mills posted an image of two toys engaged in a sex act to depict a losing football team
No thumbnail available

Clay Aiken's losing bid for seat in the US Congress to be made into reality series

American Idol alum had been followed for months by documentary crew
No thumbnail available

Sacked cop on a rampage has vendetta against Asians and lesbians

Dismissed Los Angeles Police officer and suspected multiple murderer Christopher Dorner wrote in his manifesto that he has a special animosity for lesbian and Asian police officers
No thumbnail available

Reba on the gayness of her new ABC sitcom

Malibu Country has gay characters and out co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jai Rodriguez
No thumbnail available

Marcus Collins single makes fans 'feel sick'

Twitter fury at gay X Factor runner-up Marcus Collins' cover of Seven Nation Army.
No thumbnail available

Barbara Walters quashes persistent buzz that Rosie O'Donnell's latest stint on The View will end early

Says the show's creator: 'Everybody seems to be very happy as far as I know'
No thumbnail available

Gay group in Catholic majority Philippines speak of hopes for new pope

ProGay Philippines says that new pope should 'start reviewing old ideas that alienate people'
No thumbnail available

Mexico state of Chihuahua officially approves same-sex marriage

Becomes fourth Mexican state to allow gay couples to marry