The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) has posted an online petition calling for removal of the Transvestic Disorder diagnosis (302.3) from the pending Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Please help put an end to this defamatory and hurtful psychiatric label by adding your name and spreading the word to your organizations, friends and contacts.
Ask the APA to Remove "Transvestic Disorder" Diagnosis from the DSM-5
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released draft diagnostic criteria for the DSM-5 last month, and a period of public review and comment ends April 20th. Their proposal includes the diagnostic category Transvestic Disorder, previously called Transvestic Fetishism, which classifies crossdressing by birth-assigned males as mental illness.
This diagnosis perpetuates false stereotypes of sexual deviance that are used to deny human dignity and civil justice to gender variant and transgender people. It punishes feminine gender expression that does not conform to masculine conventions. It pathologizes harmless consensual sexual expression and sexualizes gender expression that is not necessarily sexually motivated.
The Transvestic Disorder category is not limited to crossdressers or male-identified people. It also targets transsexual women with a specifier of "autogynephilia," a deeply offensive label to many transwomen, implying that all transsexual women transition for sexual reasons rather than harmony with gender identity.
Please ask the the American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Task Force, Board of Trustees and elected leadership to reject the proposed Transvestic Disorder category and remove this gender nonconformity diagnosis from the DSM-5.