APA lobbied on Gender Identity Disorder definition

It is not every day that the ADF Alliance Alert links to Pam’s House Blend, a blog about “issues that affect my life as an out lesbian.”  But, today Pam discusses efforts to lobby the American Psychiatric Association on the topic of “Gender Identity Disorder” at its 2009 annual meeting.  Alert readers should remember this political maneuvering the next time the APA is cited as a bastion of reliable scientific data.  Pam writes:

The reasons why there is a protest by those who identify as transgender, transsexual, or both is regarding the DSM-V-TR diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder (GID), how GID is being dealt with in DSM-V.

This fight over GID is much like the lesbian, gay, and bisexual fight over the DSM-I and DSM-II inclusion ofHomosexuality. When one’s sexuality was listed as a mental health disorder, then there is stigma attached –Homosexuality was not included in DSM-III and beyond.


We have been advised that the author of the above referenced post at Pam’s House Blend is Autumn Sandeen. We apologize for incorrectly attributing the post to Pam.