Australia’s peak body for intersex people has labelled revisions to the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual as a backwards step in the fight for intersex rights.
In re-drafting the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which is also used as a standard diagnostic tool in Australia, the APA has removed references to ‘gender identity disorders’, and ‘gender identity disorder not otherwise specified’, the term used to ‘diagnose’ intersex people who have rejected the sex they were assigned at birth.
Instead doctors will be encouraged to refer to trans issues as ‘gender incongruence’, a term considered to be less stigmatising.
The revisions have had the opposite effects for the intersex community though, as doctors take up the term ‘disorder of sex development’. …
For the avoidance of doubt, we need to point out that we are not a peak organisation as such.