|Posted by Transgender Education Collaboration on May 15, 2012 at 9:45 PM|
By Jena Lewis
In just a few weeks we will be seeing the next generation of the psychiatric diagnosis bible the “DSM 5” hit the shelves. This is great news for the mental health industry, but is it good news for us the gender diverse? It doesn’t seem so.
Back in 1973 the addition of the DSM that came out that year no longer pathogized being gay or a lesbian, but we transgender or gender queer people were not as lucky, still to this day we are seen by the diagnostic codes as mentally ill, and even worse, come June we still will be for at least the next 12 years too.
The arguments I have heard from the psychiatric community is changing the name of our naturally occurring “condition” slightly we will be changing the stigma attached with being in this book of mental illnesses. What is your thoughts? Is there a bright side of us still being in a manual of mental illnesses?
After all it is this stigma the lawyers of Bradley Manning are using to say he was not worthy of military secretes. It is also for this reason that if you are out as a transgender person you cannot serve in the United States Military. What are your thoughts?
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