Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Step Forward for Trans Persons' Equality

I was extremely pleased to hear that rights for transgendered persons took another step forward recently. The American Psychiatric Association has removed transgendered persons from its list of the mentally ill. It's been nearly 40 years since homosexuality was removed from the list, which just goes to show how much more stigma has been attached to transgendered persons than any other in the LGBTQA community.

Dana Beyer, Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland, wrote a wonderful article for Huffington Post about what this means for the trans community:

Don't underestimate the significance of this evolution. That we no longer have to take such talk seriously in the legislatures and courts and can roll our eyes as we do when fundamentalists chatter on about gay men showering with straight ones is a hugely positive change. That we now have the gender identity consultation staff at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine speaking out forcefully for comprehensive civil rights protections when not long ago we lived with the reality that Hopkins, with the infamous Emeritus Professor Paul McHugh as its spokesperson, was in the vanguard of denying trans women their humanity is remarkable progress. This is part of the cultural change that influences courts and legislatures, which, in turn, dialectically influence the culture. 

You can read the rest here.

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