International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

From The US Department of State:

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 17, 2011

In every part of the world, men and women are persecuted and attacked because of who they are or whom they love. Homophobia, transphobia and the brutal hostility associated with them are often rooted in a lack of understanding of what it actually means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). So to combat this terrible scourge and break the cycle of fear and violence, we must work together to improve education and support those who stand up against laws that criminalize love and promote hate. As we mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia this May 17, let us resolve to redouble our efforts.

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am proud to reaffirm our support for LGBT communities at home and abroad, and to call for an end to discrimination and mistreatment of LGBT persons wherever it occurs. Whether by supporting LGBT advocates marching in Belgrade, leading the effort at the United Nations to affirm the human rights of LGBT persons, or condemning a vile law under consideration in Uganda, we are committed to our friends and allies in every region of the world who are fighting for equality and justice. These are not Western concepts; these are universal human rights.

Despite these gains and hard work, there is more to do to turn the tide of inequality and discrimination against the LGBT community. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, know that the United States stands with you and we are unwavering in our commitment to ending this cycle of hate.

11 Responses to “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia”

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    A really bizarre statement for a government that is funding Blanchard, Zucker, Kafka and Drescher to attack transsexual people by pathologising and sexualising them, in the DSM revision. That pathologisation and sexualisation gives every transphobe on the planet an excuse to attack rape and kill transsexual people.

    If Hilary Clinton wants to help Transsexual people she can start by having Raymond Blanchard, Kenneth Zucker, Jack Dreschner, Martin Kafka, J. Michael Bailey, Alice Dreger, Anne Lawrence, Paul Mc Hugh, Janice Raymond and everyone involved in making and maintaining transsexualism as a mental disorder, tried in court for crimes against humanity. I would prefer them to be executed when found guilty, but would settle for permanent life imprisonment.

    Then I will believe Clinton, that she supports transsexual rights, not before. It was her husband that brought in DOMA, which she did not publicly oppose at the time.

    • Suzan Says:

      Say What? Show some evidence on this one. F irst of all Blanchard is in Canada. But these people are academics . Our Universities aren’t generally federally funded.

  2. Andrea B. Says:

    The DSM revision, is federal funded.

    Each DSM revision has been federally funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which is federally funded and reports to the Whitehouse.

    Clinton has to present the DSM 5 revision as head of the USA State department for the USA, to the United Nations for inclusion in the ICD 11 revision once the DSM 5 revision is complete. She is part of the problem and no one is recognising it in the USA.

    Her husband Bill Clinton, signed into law DOMA.

    • Suzan Says:

      Bill Clinton didn’t have the option to veto DOMA as it passed both the Senate and The House by a veto proof majority. It did so at a time when the Republicans controlled the House…

      Evidence on the DSM financing?

  3. Geena Says:

    Too often individuals are critical of a policy, statement, or position; unless it is 100% consistent at all levels of government.
    That’s just not possible in a world this large, with huge governmental agencies with millions of employees.
    It’s a very positive statement; given the terrible oppression of gay, lesbian, and trans folks in other countries. I consider myself fortunate to be trans in a civilized democracy.

  4. Andrea B. Says:

    DSM funding. It is funded in seperate tranches by the NIH and NIMH for each stage.


    The process for revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) began with a brief discussion between Steven Hyman, M.D., (then-director of the National Institute of Mental Health), Steven M. Mirin, M.D., (then-medical director of the American Psychiatric Association) and David J. Kupfer, M.D., (then-chair of the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Psychiatric Diagnosis and Assessment) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in 1999. They believed it was important for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and NIMH to work together on an agenda to expand the scientific basis for psychiatric diagnosis and classification.

    The initial DSM-V Research Planning Conference in 1999 was under the joint sponsorship of the two organizations to set research priorities. Participants included experts in family and twin studies, molecular genetics, basic and clinical neuroscience, cognitive and behavioral science, development throughout the life-span, and disability. To encourage thinking beyond the current DSM-IV framework, many participants closely involved in the development of DSM-IV were not included at this conference. Through this process, participants recognized the need for a series of white papers that could guide future research and promote further discussion, covering over-arching topic areas that cut across many psychiatric disorders. Planning work groups were created, including developmental issues, gaps in the current system, disability and impairment, neuroscience, nomenclature, and cross-cultural issues.

    In early 2000, Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H., was recruited from the NIMH to serve as the research director for the APA and to coordinate the development of DSM-V. Additional conferences to set the DSM-V research agenda were held later in July and October of 2000 to propose planning work group members and to hold the first face-to-face meetings. These groups, which included liaisons from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the international psychiatric community, developed the series of white papers, published in A Research Agenda for DSM-V (2002, American Psychiatric Association). A second series of cross-cutting white papers entitled, Age and Gender Considerations in Psychiatric Diagnosis, was subsequently commissioned and published by APA in 2007.

    Leaders from the APA, the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Psychiatric Association (WPA) determined that additional information and research planning was needed related to specific diagnostic areas. Hence, in 2002, the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE), with Executive Director Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H., as the Principal Investigator, applied for a grant from the NIMH to implement a series of research planning conferences that would focus on the research evidence for revisions of specific diagnostic areas. A $1.1 million cooperative agreement grant was approved with support provided by NIMH, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA).

    Under the guidance of a steering committee comprised of representatives from APIRE, the three NIH institutes, and the WHO, 13 conferences were held from 2004 to 2008, with expertise that spanned the globe – each conference had co-chairs from both the U.S. and another nation, and approximately half of the participants were from outside the U.S. In each conference, participants wrote papers addressing specific diagnostic questions, based on a review of the literature, and from these papers and the conference proceedings, a research agenda was developed on the topic. The results of seven of these conferences have been published to date in peer-reviewed journals or American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. (APPI) monographs, with the remainder of the publications anticipated in 2008. Findings from all 13 conferences are immediately available to serve as a substantial contribution to the research base for the DSM-V Task Force and Work Groups, and for the WHO as it develops revisions of the International Classification of Diseases.

    In 2006, APA President Dr. Steven Sharfstein announced Dr. Kupfer as chair and Dr. Regier as vice chair of the task force to oversee the development of DSM-V. They, along with other leaders at the APA, nominated additional members to the task force, which includes the chairs of the diagnostic work groups that will review the research and literature base to form the content for DSM-V. These task force nominees were reviewed for potential conflicts of interest, approved by the APA Board of Trustees, and announced in 2007. In turn, the work group chairs, together with the task force chair and vice-chair, recommended to the successive APA Presidents, Drs. Pedro Ruiz and Carolyn Robinowitz, nominees widely viewed to be the leading experts in their field, who were then formally nominated as members of the work groups. All work group members were also reviewed for potential conflicts of interest, approved by the APA Board and were announced in 2008.

    The work groups began meeting in late 2007. While the 13 work groups reflect the diagnostic categories of psychiatric disorders in the previous edition DSM-IV, it is expected that those categories will evolve to better reflect new scientific understanding. With the understanding that some continuity from DSM-IV to DSM-V is desirable to maintain order in the practice of psychiatry and continuity in research studies, there has been no pre-set limitation on the nature and degree of change that work groups can recommend for DSM-V.

    Each work group meets regularly, in person and on conference calls. They begin by reviewing DSM-IV’s strengths and problems, from which research questions and hypotheses are first developed and then investigated through literature reviews and analyses of existing data. They will also develop research plans, which can be further tested in DSM-V field trials involving direct data collection. In order to invite comments from the wider research, clinical, and consumer communities, the APA launched a DSM-V Prelude Web site in 2004, where these groups could submit questions, comments, and research findings to be distributed to the relevant work groups.

    Based on this comprehensive review of scientific advancements, targeted research analyses, and clinical expertise, the work groups will develop draft DSM-V diagnostic criteria. A period of comment will follow, and the work groups will review submitted questions, comments, and concerns. The diagnostic criteria will be revised and the final draft of DSM-V will be submitted to the APA’s Council on Research, Assembly, and Board of Trustees for their review and approval. A release of the final, approved DSM-V is expected in May 2013.

  5. Andrea B. Says:

    @ Geena,

    If the present adminstration actually gave a damn about transsexual people, which they don’t, they could have the NIH and NIMH inform the APA people that transsexualism is not a mental disorder and with hold funding until they remove it. That would take a whole five minutes if they wanted to.

    • Suzan Says:

      This is not how things work in this country.

      The Government thankfully does not micro manage such grants.

  6. Andrea B. Says:

    @ Suzy,

    There is federal funding.

    • Suzan Says:

      And? This does not mean a the financing of our NIMH is micro managed to that extent and if it were we would be in huge trouble with government dictating scientific findings.

      If it were it could as easily come back with a different regime dictating that they write a clause that would subject all LGBT/T people to frontal lobotomies.

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