Archive for December, 2012

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An Open Letter to the GSM/LGBTQ Community

9 December, 2012

I am tired of the hate people express toward one another. I am tired of how they go out of their way to find people to hate, express hate to, and post hate about. I am tired of cis people hating trans* people and of trans* people hating cis people. I am tired of lesbians hating genderqueer people, gay men hating trans men, and radical feminists hating trans women. I am tired of members of our community setting themselves up as better than other members of our community. I am tired of post-op transsexuals looking down on pre-op transsexuals and both of them shunning non-op transsexuals. I am tired of seeing people posting ‘not trans enough’ and ‘die cis scum.’ I’m tired of watching people running others down to feel better about themself.

Life presents enough trials and hardships in a given day; why do so many people feel the need to make another person’s burden that much harder?

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Removal of GID From DSM V May Not Be What It Seems

4 December, 2012

There has been a lot of talk today about how Gender Identity Disorder is being removed from the DSM V, but don’t break out the champagne, yet, because there is a catch. Transvestic Disorder has been expanded to include trans males in addition to trans females AND to include people considered “in remission.” Given the tendency of the psychiatric community to favour this diagnosis and minimalise trans feelings, the removal of GID and the brief, non-analytic press releases touting it, appear to be a smoke screen as they further entrench themselves in anti-trans feelings.

As Julia Serano states on her blog:

Upon reading the above diagnoses, some might cite the requirement that such behaviors must “cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning” in order to argue that a trans person is not considered Transvestically Disordered if they do not experience such issues. However, this is not necessarily the case. The “distress or impairment” language is quite vague and open to the psychiatrist/therapists’s interpretation. If I am fired from my job because of my manner of dress, and if this causes me distress, I could potentially be diagnosed with Transvestic Disorder. This has historically been a problem with diagnoses targeting gender and sexual minorities (as well as other populations that have been DSM’d), namely, that they do not distinguish between personal distress, and distress that arises secondarily due to social stigma and marginalization.

To read her entire article follow this link:

http://juliaserano.blogspot.com/2012/12/follow-up-on-dsm-still-considers-trans.html?ut m_source=feedburner&utm_medium =feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Whi ppingGirl+%28Whipping+Girl%29&m=1