Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-12-07
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

New DSM removes "gender identity disorder"
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2012-12-04

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


The American Psychiatric Association has removed the term "gender identity disorder" from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM), a much-anticipated move that has been met with mixed reactions among transgender people.

The DSM, which sets the standard for classifying mental disorders in the U.S., had previously classified transgender identity as "gender identity disorder," a term that many transgender people found offensive.

In its latest edition, the DSM-V, the manual has introduced the term "gender dysphoria," a phrase intended to highlight the experiences of gender-variant people whose identity or experiences fall out of step with their birth-assigned gender.

Some have remarked that the new classification is the most significant DSM rewrite concerning LGBT people since homosexuality was removed from the DSM in 1973. But the new term has been met with mixed responses.

Some worry that without a diagnosis of "gender identity disorder," health insurance companies will be less likely to cover gender-affirming surgeries and other medical interventions. Others have advocated for the removal of transgender identity altogether, stating that inclusion of gender identity in the DSM pathologizes transgender people.

Randi Ettner is an Illinois-based clinical forensic psychiatrist, specializing in gender conditions. She called the new classification a double-edged sword.

"I think it's a very evolved position that they've come to, but it isn't a perfect resolution," said Ettner.

Ettner worries about what the change will mean for transgender people in institutionalized settings, like prisons, where a diagnosis of "gender identity disorder" has sometimes forced officials to provide hormones to people behind bars.

Others have suggested that gender-variance be removed from the DSM and placed in the International Classification of Diseases, the standard manual used for diagnosing health conditions.

Still, the change in classifications in the DSM will have serious practical benefits for many transgender people, Ettner noted.

Perhaps most significantly, transgender people will no longer need to seek therapy before accessing hormones and transition-related medical care. In the past, transgender people had to convince therapists of the veracity of their identities, sometimes attending counseling for more than a year before being allowed to transition.

Therapists and medical providers have been moving away from that model for years, especially at LGBT health clinics like Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago, where transgender people are not required to attend therapy to receive hormones.

But for people without access to those newer programs, the removal of "gender identity disorder" from the DSM will likely mean that more people can get transition-related healthcare directly from their doctors, without first receiving a therapist's diagnosis.

That model looks more like approaches doctors use when agreeing to perform cosmetic surgeries, say experts. It could also mean that gender-variant people who do not identify strictly as male or female can still access medical interventions they may want or need.

But transgender advocates are also quick to point out that gender-affirming healthcare is not cosmetic. And some worry that efforts to empower transgender people to make those decisions, gives insurance companies the impression that such medical interventions are not necessary.

Part of the challenge, said Laura Goring, therapist at River Rock Psychotherapy & Consulting, is that Western medicine sees gender-variant people as the problem, when it should be looking at gender rules themselves.

Goring uses the example of women wearing pants, an act that would have been deemed gender non-conforming in the past but has been normalized today.

"I tell people all the time, 'You don't need therapy because you're trans,'" said Goring. She tells clients they need therapy because the world does not know how to deal with transgender people.

Given that reality, Goring said, she believes the DSM change is a good thing.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Faith leaders to convene in Washington to promote pro-LGBTQ policy agenda 2016-12-08 - Washington, D.C.- On Friday, December 9th, Rev. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President at Union Theological Seminary in New York, will host a press ...


Gay News

Devastating data in new transgender report 2016-12-08 - Washington, DC, December 8, 2016—Today the National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ) published a report on the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, ...


Gay News

New survey shows need to protect transgender youth from conversion therapy 2016-12-08 - ( San Francisco, CA, December 8, 2016 )—Today, the National Center for Transgender Equality released the findings of the U.S. Transgender Survey ( ...


Gay News

Vigil held in Oakland; honoring trans victims’ names urged 2016-12-07 - On Dec. 5, a candlelight vigil took place in San Francisco's Harvey Milk Plaza for several transgender victims of the Oakland warehouse fire, ...


Gay News

'America in Transition' launch Dec. 8 2016-12-07 - The official launch of the series America in Transition will take place at Reunion, 2557 W. North Ave., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 7-11 ...


Gay News

'Universal Joy' Dec. 17 2016-12-06 - A Church 4 Me MCC is inviting the LGBTA community to "Universal Joy—A Christmas Cabaret." "Universal Joy" will take place Saturday, ...


Gay News

Chelsea Manning vigil on Dec. 17 2016-12-06 - The GLN: Chicago-Area LGBTQA Liberation Network will host a vigil/march for Chelsea Manning on Saturday, Dec. 17 ( Manning's birthday ), at 5:30-8 ...


Gay News

Orland Park minister to headline 2017 'ex-gay' conference 2016-12-06 - A South Suburban minister will be keynote speaker at the annual convention of 'ex-gay' organization Restored Hope Network this summer. Ron Citlau, ...


Gay News

Shortage of injectable estrogen a crisis for transgender women 2016-12-06 - December 6, 2016-Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) released a policy ...


Gay News

MUSIC Laura Jane Grace meets fans at book-signing 2016-12-05 - Transgender rocker and Against Me! singer/vocalist/guitarist Laura Jane Grace touched down at The Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson Ave., for a book-reading, signing, ...


 



Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.

www.windycitymediagroup.com
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by LoveYourWebsite.com