Pink News picked up on a nugget from the Second International Expert Meeting on HIV Prevention for Men who have sex with Men (MSM), Women who have sex with Women (WSW), and Transgenders (TG) report — a report entitled Moving from intentions to action — that the rest of us appear to have missed. In Pink News‘ article HIV experts call for declassification of transgenderism as mental illness, they note that the report states the following:
Gender identity variance (transgenderism) should be reclassified from its current classification as a mental health disorder in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and the World Health Organisation’s International Classification Of Diseases (ICD).
Instead it should be classified as a medical condition. This would provide a diagnostic category in the ICD that would accommodate the needs of those gender identity variant people who require medical care for their condition, but without the stigma attached to mental disorder
Ugh. This position statement is stated in convoluted, non-standard language that conflates Gender Identity Disorder (GID), transgenderism, transsexualism, and gender variance. However, the message from the Expert Meeting on HIV Prevention comes through pretty clearly: This is another significant group of healthcare professionals calling for the removal of GID from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the World Health Organisation’s International Classification Of Diseases (ICD), and reclassify what is currently classified as GID (a psychiatric condition) as a medical condition.
It’s something to note as the future contents of DSM-V is still being debated by American Psychiatric Association psychiatrists behind closed doors.
* Schorer: 2009 International Expert Meeting (official webpage for meeting and report)
* Psychiatric Times: “Gender Identity Disorder: Has Accepted Practice Caused Harm?”
* About that Massive DSM-V Protest
* GID Reform Now Protest At Annual APA Meeting – Speaker Madeline Deutsch, M.D.
* GID Reform Now Protest At Annual APA Meeting – Speaker Kelley Winters, Ph.D
* Pam’s House Blend tag: Gender Identity Disorder