So who decides someone is transgender? If it has nothing to do with the chromosomes or secondary sexual chacteristics, then what is the basis for this medical diagnosis?
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
This is the basic protocol used to determine whether someone has gender dysphoria (that is, distress related to being transgender). It's excerpted from WPATH's Standards of Care, pp. 23-24.

Mental health professionals assess clients' gender dysphoria in the context of an evaluation of their psychosocial adjustment (Bocktin et al., 2006; Lev, 2004, 2009). The evaluation includes, at a minimum, assessment of gender identity and gender dysphoria, history and development of gender dysphoric feelings, the impact of stigma attached to gender nonconformity on mental health, and the availability of support from family, friends, and peers (for example, in person or online contact with other transsexual, transgender, or gender nonconforming individuals or groups). The evaluation may result in no diagnosis, in a formal diagnosis related to gender dysphoria, and/or in other diagnoses that describe aspects of the client's health and psychosocial adjustment. The role of mental health professionals includes making reasonably sure that gender dysphoria is not secondary to or better accounted for by other diagnoses.

So I'm not saying that there is not a biological link regarding a "transgender" person. But they are still psychiatric illnesses.

"Gender identity disorder*(GID), also known as gender dysphoria, is a formal diagnosis used bypsychologists*and*physicians*to describe people who experience significant*dysphoria*(discontent) with the*sex*they were*assigned at birth*and/or thegender roles*associated with that sex. Affected individuals are commonly referred to as*transsexual or*transgender."
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
I'm not sure what you're quoting, but it's inaccurate and, at best, outdated.

This is from the APA's Gender Dysphoria Fact Sheet, which explains the diagnosis of "gender dysphoria" in the DSM-5: It is important to note that gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant stress associated with the condition.

And male and female are not just human characteristics. They are characteristics of every animal in nature that reproduces using sexual reproduction.
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
They are reproductive roles, but as stated before those roles are neither sex nor gender. Classifying certain characteristics as male, female, or other sexes is a matter of culture and has varied greatly over time and from one society to the next.

Last edited by Eilonwy; 08-24-2013 at 10:24 PM.