Genderpath News: GID Reform

Share This ContentFacebookLinkedInTwitterEmailPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggReddittumblr


DSM IV Committee on Gender Identity Disorder
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is undergoing its revision for publication in 2012.  The Medical Model used in the DSM is the reference for Mental Health Professionals to diagnose mental illness. The DSM in its current version categorizes Gender Identity Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism (Crossdressing) as a mental illness. Much in the same way that homosexuality was classified as a mental disorder up until its revision in 1973, the DSM serves to label individuals who do not conform to the cultural requirements of a binary system with mental illness, and fails to recognize that the individual is being burdened with marginilization for failing to conform, rather than recognizing the limits of a binary gender construct.

Under current standards of care in the Medical and Psychological Fields- this diagnosis is required in order to attain the needed “treatment”, which is usually transition in some form. However, insurance companies do not reimburse for these treatments and transition further jeopardizes the individual’s access to medical care.

In my professional experience, I have found that most of my clients who are exploring their gender identity and expression seek help to deal with the effects of being a person who does not conform to the gender binary (male or female) rather than the question of gender itself. My clinical approach is in aiding each person in their pursuit of authenticity and freedom from suffering. I have learned from my clients that gender  identity is about our humanity at a psychological, soulful, and emotional level. And that the right to pursue the necessary medical and therapeutic support towards authentic and self determined gender expression is a fundamental civil right.

Professionals Concerned with Gender Diagnoses in the DSM urges all trans-supportive medical and mental health practitioners and researchers to write the APA DSM-V Task Force and request that the Sexual and GID Work Group be expanded to include more affirming views of gender diversity and transition care.

For more information:

Arlene Istar Lev, L.C.S.W.
Concerned Professionals for GID Reform

A web resource providing specific recommendations for nomination with biographical information and sample letters.

Read the latest proposal by the DSM V Committee. 

Share This ContentFacebookLinkedInTwitterEmailPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggReddittumblr