Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

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

This article shared 5561 times since Tue Dec 4, 2012
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.


This article shared 5561 times since Tue Dec 4, 2012
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

THEATER Ex-'Jagged Little Pill' performers accuse production of anti-TGNC behavior
2021-09-24
Two former cast members of Broadway's Jagged Little Pill—including Tony-nominated featured actress Celia Rose Gooding—released statements accusing the production of committing "harm to the trans and non-binary community, both onstage ...


Gay News

Trans woman D'isaya Dior Monaee Smith, a victim of violence, dies
2021-09-24
D'isaya Dior Monaee Smith was shot and killed Sept. 6 at the Prestige Motel in Dolton, Illinois. She was 27. A Human Rights Campaign report showed that, in 2020, a record 44 transgender, nonbinary or gender-nonconforming ...


Gay News

Black Leadership Advocacy Coalition for Healthcare Funding Equity (BLACHFE) launches
2021-09-22
--From a press release - CHICAGO IL — September 20, 2021 — Eleven African-American-led organizations have united to form the Black Leadership Advocacy Coalition for Healthcare Funding Equity (BLACHFE). The purpose of BLACHFE is to ...


Gay News

COVID California, Puerto Rico off Chicago's travel advisory list; others return
2021-09-21
On Sept. 22, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) took one state and one territory—California and Puerto Rico—off its weekly COVID-19 Travel Advisory, while Connecticut and the District of Columbia returned to the advisory. The ...


Gay News

LGBTQ blood donation discrimination assessed, PULSE shootings cited
2021-09-21
--From a press release - Chicago, Ill. — Last week, Reps. Mike Quigley (IL-05), Val B. Demings (FL-10), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Adam B. Schiff (CA-28), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Ritchie Torres (NY-15) received a ...


Gay News

Patrick J. Kennedy to receive award from Trilogy at virtual gala
2021-09-18
Chicago-based Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare will present its Partner in Recovery Award to The Kennedy Forum founder, mental-health advocate and former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy as a part of its virtual 50th-anniversary gala on Thursday, Oct. 21. ...


Gay News

HHS awards $48M to health centers to expand HIV prevention, treatment
2021-09-16
On Sept. 16, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded more than $48 million to 271 HRSA-supported health centers across 26 states, Puerto Rico and ...


Gay News

National groups kick off #BiWeek to celebrate bisexuality+ visibility
2021-09-16
Sept. 16 marks the start of #BiWeek, an annual digital campaign to accelerate acceptance for the bisexual+ (bi, pansexual, fluid, queer, unlabeled, etc.) community, according to a joint press release from the organizations The Bisexual Resource ...


Gay News

Brittany Devon meets a 'Platonic Girlfriend'
2021-09-15
Queer, genderfluid actor Brittany Devon has created a brand new project to explore with Platonic Girlfriend. It is the story of a relationship between straight woman Alice and a queer, nonbinary person named Dev. Devon stars ...


Gay News

Gov. Pritzker signs transformative energy legislation for Illinois
2021-09-15
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Delivering on principles previously laid out, Governor JB Pritzker signed landmark legislation into law that puts the state on a path toward 100% clean energy, invests in training a diverse workforce for the jobs ...


Gay News

COVID Southern Illinois reports it has zero ICU beds available
2021-09-15
Amid a COVID-19 surge, Illinois' southern region reported Sept. 13-14 that it ran out of intensive care unit (ICU) beds—which has delayed surgeries and resulted in longer waits for appropriate care, The Chicago Tribune reported. In ...


Gay News

Howard Brown hosting Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium on Sept. 29-30
2021-09-15
Howard Brown Health will host its 2021 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium in a virtual format Sept. 29-30. The conference, presented by the Howard Brown Health Center for Education, Research and ...


Gay News

COVID Connecticut, D.C., removed from Chicago's travel advisory
2021-09-14
On Sept. 14, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) took one state—Connecticut—and the District of Columbia off its weekly COVID-19 travel advisory. The advisory now includes 48 states and three territories, as daily COVID case ...


Gay News

AstonRep Theatre Company announces 2021-22 season:
2021-09-13
--From a press release - CHICAGO (Sept. 13, 2021) — AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to welcome back live audiences this fall, kicking off with a revival of Yasmina Reza's frenetic dark comedy God of Carnage, translated by Christopher Hampton and ...


Gay News

Men Having Babies surrogacy conference on Oct. 9
2021-09-13
The Men Having Babies 2021 Midwest Surrogacy Conference & Expo will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. According to a press statement, more than 100 (vaccinated!) ...


 



Copyright © 2021 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


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.