By CA Treehugger
April 28, 2011
In 2010, at the insistence of the transgender community, the World Professional Association for Transgender Heath released the following statement regarding proposed changes to the American Psychiatric Association’s infamous bible of “mental disorders”, DSM-V.
The WPATH Board of Directors strongly urges the de-psychopathologisation of gender variance worldwide. The expression of gender characteristics, including identities, that are not stereotypically associated with one’s assigned sex at birth is a common and culturally-diverse human phenomenon which should not be judged as inherently pathological or negative. The psychopathologlisation of gender characteristics and identities reinforces or can prompt stigma, making prejudice and discrimination more likely, rendering transgender and transsexual people more vulnerable to social and legal marginalisation and exclusion, and increasing risks to mental and physical well-being. WPATH urges governmental and medical professional organizations to review their policies and practices to eliminate stigma toward gender-variant people.
WPATH did not have the courage to point to the shameful records of certain members of the relevant committees on DSM-V, but they are well aware of the outrage in the transgender community over selection of Drs. Kenneth Zucker and Raymond Blanchard as chairmen. These are men whom the TG community regards as reparatist reactionaries, who practice “therapies” that force trans children to accept their socially assigned gender roles. They also have a long history of pathologizing adult transgender people and subjecting both them and children to humilating and pseudoscientific procedures such as penile plethysmography — which has been banned as evidence in US courts but is still used on sex offenders.
This is the sort of “treatment” these quacks provide to the trans community, who are frequently “captives” of their clinics in order to get needed medical services, or are children involuntarily subjected to their brutality.
Their selection by the APA is an affront to the entire LGBT community, and reveals the low intellectual and ethical standards prevailing at the APA.
Here are a few starting points for more information.
Zucker’s role in the pathologization of gender variance (Scroll down to see article.)