Monday, 6 February 2012

Change.org: Petition to remove Transgender from DSM V

From the petition site:
There are serious flaws to the methodology being used by the APA in preparing the DSM-5. Flaws that in our case could contribute to missed opportunities for diagnosis, misdiagnosis and continued pathologization.
The accusations are being presented by the ACA which represents fully 20% of the psychiatry profession and are the ones who will ultimately decide whether to adhere to the DSM-5. As we all know too well most of have successfully transitioned in spite of the DSM, not because of it.
While The DSM is not used worldwide, it does have significant influence and the stigmatising of transgenderism as a mental illness can have serious repercussions. It's not the psychiatric profession that's the problem: most are smart enough to know being transgender isn't a medical condition; it's the politicians. They draw on manuals like this to justify making other people's lives more miserable than necessary, imposing administrative hurdles, barring us from bathrooms and changing rooms, putting us in the wrong jails, imposing sterilisation as a requirement to getting your ID changed...

Sign it, OK? You could be saving someone's life or sanity.



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