We want the American Psychiatric Association to remove all psychiatric gender diagnoses from the DSM and transfer with no gaps in services to the alternative of getting medical services for gender affirmation available through biomedical pathways.
The Report of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force claims to reflect a 'consensus'. We continue to demonstrate otherwise with each new signatory.
To read a copy of the APA's recent position statements alongside Erica J. Friedman's critique of how current APA policies and practices contradict these statements, please click here.
Change begins at home. We urge the American Psychiatric Association to make the changes needed to bring their own policies, task forces, diagnostic manuals, and practices in line with these recent statements.
We urge all medical and mental health professionals to make any similar changes needed to reduce access barriers and to ensure that their research, policies, and clinical practices promote non-discriminatory services.
Y. Gavriel Ansara, MSc, PhD Candidate, 2012 American Psychological Association Division 44 Transgender Research Award recipient, 2011 UK HEA National Psychology Postgraduate Teaching Award recipient
Erica J. Friedman, MA, PhD Student, 2011 Social Psychological Study of Social Issues Clara Mayo Award recipient
Markie L. C. Blumer, Ph.D.,LMFT., LMHC., Assistant Professor, 2007 National Council on Family Relations Student/New Professional Award and 2011 National Council on Family Relations, Family Therapy Section Best Research Paper Award recipient
David Fryer, B.A. Hons., M.A., Ph.D., C.Psychol., F.B.Ps.S., F.S.C.R.A. Professor & Head of Research, Australian Institute of Psychology, Professor Extraordinarius, University of South Africa, Honorary Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Stirling, Scotland, President, European Community Psychology Association, 2009-2011, Former Co-Editor, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Former Chair, British Psychological Society College of Fellows
Brόna Nic Giolla Easpaig, B.Sc.(Hons) Psychology, Doctoral Researcher, Charles Sturt University
Kate Richmond, PhD, Muhlenberg College
Sandra Samons, PhD, LMSW
Signatories by self-designated region as of 9th March, 2013:
Mauro Cabral, Co-Director of GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality
Dr. Laura Mónica Cantore, PhD in Law and Social Science. Professor of Philosophy of Law, General Theory of Law and Family Rights and gender equity, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba-Argentina
I am against the pathologizing of intersexuality or any form of gender identity. Pathologizing is stigmatizing and increases discrimination. It's just good business for laboratories.
Bree Schembri, Mental Health Worker
Sex and gender diverse people are not mentally ill, and so should not be stigmatized any further. Signify now please to the world that we are ok as we are!
Gina Wilson, President OII Australia
The pathologising of people who have non conforming bodies and reject birth sex assignments further pathologises and stigmatises already medicaly traumatised people. The DSM places the blame for medical bad practice on the victim. The primary mental anguish suffered by folk who are Intersex is that caused by social marginilisation and abuse it has little to do with gender.
Dagmar Fink, Board Member Association of Feminist Scholars in Austria
Dr. Esther Hutfless, Philosopher, Candidate in Psychoanalysis
Waltraud Schlögl, Mag.a.
Ingrid Wahl, PhD
Dr. Mag. Bettina Zehetner
Gender Dysphoria is not a disease, it is a very healthy reaction to the pressure of suffocating social norms!
Ms. Fatima Lima
Tia Guinness, JD/ PhD/ MBA/ CPT/ MENSA
Gayle Roberts, B.Sc., M.Sc., teaching diploma
Homosexuality was removed from the DSM roughly forty years ago. You would think by now, this issue (depathologizing gender-variance) would be long in the past. The APA is losing credibility for this (and numerous other) issues. They need to base their policies on curent science not past and unsubstantiated biases.
Dr Lara Cox
Le Braz Mael
Musician, gender studies, painter
My body is as it is, a part of Nature's diversity and I chosed to respect that, instead of listening to medical pressures. We exist, no matter what's said about us.
Thamar Klein, Ph.D.
Andrea Zsófia Szabó, PharmD, PhD
Nora Grinberg, Gender counseling and support
Dr Gal Wagner Kolasko, MD
Jo Oppenheimer, MA Clinical Psychology, License #2448 in Israel
Alessandra Frigerio, Ph.D. Student
PAOLO VALERIO, prof Clinical Psychology, Naples University Federico II Medical School
Jantine van Lisdonk, Ms
Riley Shoemaker, MSc Psychology
J. Vreer Verkerke, transgender and intersex advocate, gender educator
Michelle O'Brien, BA, DMA, MSc, CTHE
Ola E. G. Musleh, MSc. Social Psychology
Carmen Romero Bachiller, Ph. D., Associate Professor in Sociology at Complutense University in Madrid (Spain)
Dr. S. G. Dauder
Ai-Chih, Chiu (Hiker Chiu), OII Board Member, Oii-Chinese founder, MA, PhD Candidate, Human Sexuality, Shu-Te University, Taiwan
Simone Abel, BA/LLB
Dan Allen, BSc
Dr. Sandeep Bakshi
Dr Martyn Barrett, MA, DPhil, CPsychol, FRSA, FBPsS, AcSS, Professor of Psychology
Mr. Sebastian-Eric Bartos
Israel Berger, PhD Candidate, Psychology, University of Roehampton
Ms. Imogen Brooks
Long story short...my primary problem with being gender variant is dealing with the myriad 'experts' determined to treat it as a disorder instead of as part of nature's rich diversity. It has been alleged health practitioners that pushed me to illness with their total lack of patient centred care. Listen to us...
GIRES- Terry Reed, OBE, JP, BA(Hons), MCSP, SRP, GradDipPhys, Representing Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
GIRES wishes: to end the practice of operating on children to artificially assign sex; to drop language of 'disorder' in relation to atypical gender experiences and expressions; to remove all forms of gender nonconformity from DSM; to reposition and rename 'transsexualism' in the up-coming ICD11; to recognise that variable gender experiences, including non-gender, are not psychiatric conditions in origin, and should not be subject to automatic psychiatric assessment and control.
Ms Alexandria Hassett
Mr Barry Kent
Philip Kwok, MA, MSc
Ms. Jane Layton
Ms Jacqui Lovell, BScHons, RGN, PhD Candidate, Parent
Ms. Lucy McAlister
Ms. Michelle O’Brien
Marie Paludan, PhD student, MSc social psychology
Dean Peters, MSc (Medical Biochemistry), PhD candidate in Philosophy
Ms. Selina Postgate
There’s such a difference between a disorder and a state of mind.
Leo Robinson, Expert on my own gender
Mr. Benjamin Thom
A lifetime of stigmatization - don't consign others to the same fate - remove GID from the DSM
Ms. Sapphira Thorne
It is simply unnecessary to refer to those who wish to transition as having a "mental disorder". It should not be classified as a problem but rather we should accept the fluidity of gender. Calling it a "problem" only makes way for further discrimination. In order for the world to move forward and become more accepting of other social groups we have to stop seeing them as a "problem" but embrace their differences.
Dr Carol Uren
I would have thought that with the increased knowledge and awareness into the etiology of transgenderism, this classification would have been dropped a few years ago now.
Nina R Weissman, Ba 1st Hons; Bsc 1st Hons; Oxford Scholar
Jessica Worner, MSc Social Psychology
Joshua G. Kellison, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
Dr Sheila Addison, PhD, LMFT; clinician and teacher of human development and human sexuality
Dr Marvin Belzer,
Brent Austin Boeckman
Lindsey Brooks, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Ms. Jayme Davis
"Disorder" is not an attribute of those whose birth-assigned gender doesn't correspond to their experience of themselves, but rather it is an attribute of the social contexts and mental health discourses that attempt to pathologize them.
I am a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles who works with trans-youth.
Yetta Howard, PhD, Assistant Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Zander Keig, MSW, ACSW, Clinical Social Worker
Richard LeBeau, M.A., PhD Candidate
Dr. Michael I Loewy, PhD in Counseling Psychology from University of California
Mr Miguel Martinez, MSW, MPH, Program Manager, Center for TransYouth Health and Development, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
Johanna Olson, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Carlton W. Parks, Jr., Ph.D. in developmental psychology; Fellow, American Psychological Association & APA Division 44, Professor & Director of Training Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University, Los Angeles
Kathleen Ritter, Ph.D., Fellow, Division 44 American Psychological Association, Professor of Psychology, California State University, Bakersfield
Erin Russell, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Lisa Simons, MD
Lisa Wilson, BA. Software Engineer, Retired.
Rebecca Klinger, Ph.D.
Erich J. Greene, Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, 2003
Diana Pilkington Armbrust, B. S. Alternative Medicine
Patience Flick, BFA
Nelson Hernandez, B.A.
C. Taylor Rothenberg, Candidate for B.A. in Humanities
Alli DeFinis, Ph.D.
Dr. K. Theri Starr, Psy.D.
Thank you for your diligence!
Patrick J.S. Waring, Ed.D., M.S.Psy., M.S.Ed., J.D., LL.M. Hawaii Pacific University Faculty, Ball State Univ student, APAGS Div 44 member
Dawn Brown, BA, DePaul University
Dr. Veronica Drantz
The proposed changes to the DSM regarding GID should reflect the scientific evidence about gender identity.
David J. Getsy, Ph.D., Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Jamie Ramsey, MA Psychology
Julie Walsh, MSW '13
Lisa A McDonald, attending college Leadership Scholarship and working on BA's in Human services and Psychology Phi Theta Kappa honors society, Multiple Provost list recipient for GPA above 3.5
I am tired of feeling abused by the mental health Industry and others that claim to support my rights. I am an individual, and have proven myself in many ways to be competent. Yet I'm still forced to endure a stygmatizing mental health diagnosis with no exit strategy.Its time to move away from the mental health industry and into mainstream medical care that allows us to maintain our dignity with full control of our reproductive rights.
Jared Moser, Psi Chi Member, Senior Undergrad
Heath Schechinger, M.S., M.Ed. Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student, University of Kansas
Jacob R. Eleazer, BA, doctoral student
Shai Stello, Doctorate
Brandan William Dugan
Kathleen McAuley, Facilitator, New Orleans Free School Network
Ms Katherine Howard
Claudia Castaneda, PhD
Audrey Gill, BA Psychology, Wellesley College
Julia Tomassilli, PhD, Project Director, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health, Boston
Lindsey N. Dollar, M.A. in Counseling and current Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student
Melissa J Grey, PhD
Jane E. Kelley, PhD
Jennifer Marie Marcus, Esq., JD, AB, Human, Civil, & Employee Rights Attorney
James Pate, MD
Lore M. Dickey, PhD
Jaclyn D. Cravens, PhD candidate
Steven Burnell Henderson, Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from UNLV. Graduate Student in Marriage and Family Therapy at UNLV.
Brittni Kimble, Bachelor of Arts
Ana Huerta Lopez, B.A. Psychology and Minor in FM, May 2013
Gender diversity should not be discriminated. We should embrace this diversity in our community.
Danielle MacKenna, B.A. Psychology, MFT Student
Lauren McCoy, B.S. Psychology; B.S. Child and Family Development
Sarah Denise Mount, BS, MS in MFT in progress
Jackson Nightshade, Education Coordinator with Gender Justice Nevada; B,A, Social Science Studies; Most Creative IDS Capstone Project for Spring 2012 | UNLV Interdisciplinary Studies (created a training manual for teachers to make classrooms more gender inclusive)
Chad Parker Pitts, BA Criminal Justice
Meghan Rice, B.S. Psychology, M.S. MFT (in progress)
Carly Shadid, BA Psychology and Communication Studies MS MFT student
Sarah Steelman, MFT Graduate Student
End the stigmatization of persons with gender variance! Pathologizing is not the answer.
Courtney Watson, B.S. Psychology
It is high time for the pathologization of gender orientation by the American Psychiatric Associate to follow in the same footsteps as did the pathologization of sexual orientation for the good of the individuals the organizations services and the good for all!
David W Greene, Ph.D., Emeritus Prof. of Psychology, Ramapo College (gender studies)
Nadav Antebi, M.A.
Jean Anyon, Ph.D.
Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD
Michelle Brotman, B.A. in Psychology; MSW Candidate
Ursula Campos-Gatjens, MSW candidate 2013
Jennifer Chmielewski, EdM, PhD Candidate
Ms. Emily Dow
Kim Felsenthal, PhD Psychology
Steven Franklin, MA, MS, CAGS, NCSP
Greg Gassman, a nice guy
Transgenderism and intersexuality are not pathological.
Jen Gieseking, Ph.D. Candidate, M.Phil., M.A., Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow
Sara Ingram, MPA
Svetlana Jovic, MA, Doctoral Candidate
Juline Koken, Ph.D.
Transgenderism and intersexuality are not pathological and should be removed completely from the DSM just as homosexuality was nearly forty years ago.
Dasha Kouznetsova, MSW, years of working with LGBT population
Velina Manolova, M.A., Ph.D. Student, CUNY Graduate Center
Kristin Moriah, Ph.D. Student, CUNY Graduate Center; M.A. English Literature, McGill Univeristy; SSHRC Doctoral Fellow
Suzanne C. Ouellette, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, The Graduate School, The City University of New York (CUNY).
Eric M. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Social Science Department, New York City College of Technology (City Tech, CUNY)
Jama Shelton, LMSW, Doctoral Candidate Social Welfare
Rebecca Spizzirri, BS
Stephanie Urso Spina, Ph.D. psychology
Christina Ventura-Dipersia, MPH
Leanne Brown, BA - Psychology/Sociology '13, East Carolina University
Danielle Maxon, BFA, LCSW-A
Being stigmatized is not a mental health disorder. It's embarrassing that this is still a conversation for debate.
Desiree Nicole Bates, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Major
Gina Patterson, Visiting Assistant Professor of English & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Allison Cleveland, MA social psychology
Morgan Fitz Gibbon, M.A.
Del Rapier, MA, PsyD Candidate, 2011 Diversity Scholarship recipient
Corrine C. Bertram, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Shippensburg
Monique Walker, MS, MFT, PhD Candidate, Drexel University, Attic Youth Center (serving Phila LGBTQ youth), AAMFT Minority Fellowship recipient
Linda D'Ambra, BS, University of RI
Mr. Douglas Bramlett
Name not displayed, Ph.D. in developmental psychology
Brent Mallinckrodt, Ph.D., LIcensed Psychologist, Professor
Juliet Meggs, M.S., Counseling Psychology PhD student
Joel T. Muller, B.A., PhD Student, University of Tennessee
The Pathologization of gender orientation is a grave abuse of human rights and must be put to an end for the health and well-being of all people.
This is shameful. You must stop stigmatizing people who are different.
Alexa Madison Teed
Lou Weaver, University of Houston LGBT Resouorce Center Advisory Board
Tarynn M. Witten, PhD, LCSW, FGSA, Director of Research & Development, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, Virginia Commonwealth University, Adjunct Associate Professor Emergency Medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor Womens & Gender Studies
Kelli Callahan, M.F.S., DABFE
Thomas Odegard, BA Davis, MA, Davis, Holistic Health Practioner & Educator in California
We are intersex, a human variation. We are not a disorder. We are gender fluid.
Stacey Gassman, MDiv
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