GID Reform Now Protest At Annual APA Meeting – Speaker Kelley Winters, Ph.D

Mila Pavlin of Trans-Ponder has posted the second video from the GID Reform Now protest at the American Psychiatric Association 2009 Annual Meeting. She edited the video as well. A group of five filmmakers — Andrea James, Elayne Wylie, Breanna Anderson, Jayna L-Pavlin, and Mila Pavlin — provided the footage for the protest.

Here is the approximately 4-and-a-half-minute speech of Kelley Winters, Ph.D., that she made to the approximately 150 protesters at the event. A transcription of the speech is below the video (emphais added).

Hi. I’m Kelley Winters. I’m a proud member of the trans community from Keystone, Colorado, and my identity is not disordered.

…So, our own [Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D] here in San Francisco, he worked with me preparing a presentation today [for the 2009 Annual American Psychiatric Association (APA) Meeting], and we talked about the diagnostic nomenclature of Gender Identity Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

And, for too many years, our community has been divided. We’ve been balkanized. We’ve been fractured by the premise — by the assumption that we must chose between accepting the social stigma of mental disorder and sexual deviance or lose access to transition medical care for those of us who need it. And in truth, the current nomenclature of disordered gender identity has failed us on both counts. It’s time for diagnostic reform.

So, we believe it is possible to reinvent — to redefine — Gender Identity Disorder to address both issues of social stigma and medical access.

But there is another issue that our community often overlooks. And, that is the issue of Transvestic Fetishism, which defines virtually all expression of feminity by people who are assigned male at birth as sexually deviant — as paraphilias. That diagnosis needs to be removed from the DSM.

And finally, we asked the elected leadership of the [American Psychiatric Association] — independent of the DSM-V Task Force — to issue public policy statements affirming the worth and dignity of trans people, and our need for access to medical care.

So let me read these…

[Transcribed text continues below the fold. Also below the fold, there is a link to Kelley Winters’ description of the presentation to the APA with Randall Ehrbar, Psy.D.]

• We ask the elected leadership and Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association to affirm in public policy statements that gender identity and expression which differ from assigned birth sex do not, in  themselves, constitute mental disorder and imply no impairment in judgment or competence.

• We ask the APA to follow the example of the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association with a statement clarifying the medical necessity of hormonal and surgical transition treatments for those who suffer distress with physical sex characteristics that are incongruent with our gender identities.

• And finally, we ask the American Psychiatric Association to follow the example of the American Psychological Association in encouraging legal and social recognition of all people consistent with our gender identity and expression. We ask the APA to affirm in the dignity and legitimacy of individuals who have transitioned their social gender roles, regardless of their physical anatomy or assigned birth sex.

And, this is something we can all support.

So, thank you all so much for coming. Thank you all so much for pulling together on these important issues.

A summary of the presentation, entitled Beyond Conundrum: Strategies for Diagnostic Harm Reduction, is here.


Further Reading:

* Bilerico: Transvestic Disorder and Policy Dysfunction in the DSM-V



* Brain Gender Identity – a presentation by Dr Sidney Ecker, MD FACS

* GID Reform Now Protest At Annual APA Meeting – Speaker Madeline Deutsch, M.D.

* Psychiatric Times: “Gender Identity Disorder: Has Accepted Practice Caused Harm?”

* Framing Gender Identity Disorder In DSM-V

* Unwanted Endorsement?

* Protesters To Call For Reform Of Gender Disorders At American Psychiatric Association Convention


Photograph by Lisa Gilinger. Transcription by Autumn Sandeen.

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