In 1974, a revised addition of the DSM-II was released to account for the American Psychiatric Association declassifying homosexuality as a mental disorder. This was hailed as one of the major milestones of the queer rights movement, one that is still talked about to this day.
Yesterday (December 1, 2012), the American Psychiatric Association approved the DSM-5. Among the many changes made for this revised addition of the diagnostic criteria to be followed by American psychiatrists, the rather pejorative “Gender Identity Disorder” was removed and replaced with the much more accurate Gender Dysphoria. Gender Dysphoria is not classified as a disorder.
So, in essence, we transgender people just had our 1974. It’s not getting a lot of press, but it’s a really, really, really big deal. Simply being transgender is no longer classified as a mental illness. This is a huge step forward for all transgender people, and one which…
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