This is an eleven minute video from a couple of months ago that helps frame what Gender Identity Disorder (GID) reform is about. The description of the In The Life video LOOKING BACK, PUSHING FORWARD:

The American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) – the bible of mental illness is currently being reviewed in preparation for its fifth release. Among its nearly 300 entries is Gender Identity Disorder (GID), a diagnosis applied to every transgender person who enters the healthcare system. Because GID pathologizes the identity of those diagnosed, many gender nonconforming children are subject to so-called reparative therapies by parents and mental health professionals that regard adult transexuality or homosexuality as a bad outcome. But transgender adults are as reliant on GID as they are stigmatized by it, because the American healthcare system requires the diagnosis before a doctor will prescribe hormones, or perform sex-reassignment-surgery. Adding insult to injury, no private insurer will cover trans-specific healthcare needs, even with a diagnosis. The intersection of institutional and parental authority, healthcare policy, and the adult desire to live in a body that matches ones identity has sparked a wide-ranging controversy. IN THE LIFE looks at the battles being waged within the psychiatric and transgender communities over whether to reform or eliminate GID as a diagnosis, and the implications for transgender healthcare.

Autumn Sandeen

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