AMA Wire

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians

DSM-5 work group doctor discusses controversies in gender diagnoses

DSM-5 work group doctor discusses controversies in gender diagnoses

The DSM-5 work group on sexual and gender identity disorders and the ICD-11 working group on the classification of sexual disorders and sexual health faced a number of controversial issues when creating new guidelines for gender diagnoses. Work group member and psychiatrist Jack Drescher, MD, discusses some of these challenges in a recent article for LGBT Health.

One issue the work group faced was weighing the pros and cons between labeling expressions of gender variance as symptoms of a mental disorder. While such a label may help individuals access care, it also can cause harm to transgender individuals through stigmatization when they're already a highly vulnerable and stigmatized population. They also struggled with the appropriate diagnosis and treatment for gender-variant children.

The AMA provides resources to help clinicians treat and communicate with transgender and gender-variant patients.

GLMA to host reception in conjunction with AMA Annual Meeting

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) will hold a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 15 in the Atrium of the Lurie Medical Research Center at 303 E. Superior Street in Chicago. GLMA President Desi Bailey, MD, and Executive Director Hector Vargas will be on hand to share exciting new developments about GLMA.

For those attending the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, the reception is less than one mile from the meeting site. You can become a sponsor or buy tickets.