DSM-5 plays sleight of hand with trans diagnosis

Transgender disorder to dysphoria is still a code bannerBY STEVE WILLIAMS

The American Psychiatric Association has signaled that, with the publication of DSM-5, transgender identity will no longer of itself be classified as a mental disorder, a change that they hope will remove stigma and undercut anti-trans prejudice, but critics have attacked the move as sleight of hand due to changes elsewhere in the manual.

Changing “Gender Identity Disorder” for “Gender Dysphoria”

On Saturday, the APA’s Board of Trustees at a meeting in Washington, D.C., voted to change how it classes trans identity in the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

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