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Gender on the dark side of the moon

February 26, 2009

Even though the American Psychiatric Association voted to stop classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder three decades ago, the 'Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' published by the American Psychiatric Association still labels homosexuals as mentally ill. The AMA plans to publish the next revision of the manual in 2012.

Author Kelley Winters 

In connection with the Kathryn T. Bohannon Women at Noon Program, Kelley Winters, the author of Gender Madness in American Psychiatry, Essays from the Struggle for Dignity, and the founder of GID Reform Advocates, will give a talk titled, Gender on the dark side of the moon.

In her book, Winters maintains that some practitioners in the medical and psychological professions are still trying to cure "gender-identity disorders."  The term itself, says Winters, is maligning and misleading.

Join us on Wednesday, March 4 at noon in the Lory Student Center, room 214-216. This event is free and open to the public.

American Psychiatric Manual due for a revision

Winters says that even though it has been three decades since the American Psychiatric Association voted to remove the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder, those who do not conform to their assigned birth-sex, either by inner identity or outer social expression, are labeled mentally ill in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -- with grave consequences to their human dignity and civil liberties.

The fifth revision of the diagnostic manual used by the APA will not be completed until 2012.  In the meantime, these gender diagnoses are provoking growing controversy while perpetuating harmful stereotypes.

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