The Rainbow Center's "Out to Lunch" lecture series continued yesterday afternoon with a lecture from speaker Pauline Park. In her lecture "Transgender Health: Reconceptualizing Pathology as Wellness," Park shed light on the harmful treatment of transgendered people in the field of health care and the obstacles facing transgendered individuals seeking medical treatment. Park then moved on to discuss Gender Identity Disorder (GID), which has been officially documented in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). GID acts as a broad diagnosis for individuals who are believed to display behavior of gender variance. The lecture raised the question: does transgender identity fall under the jurisdiction of GID and should it be considered a mental illness? According to Park, a transgendered person herself, the perception of transgender as being abnormal should not be viewed as a personal issue, but a cultural one. "I don't think I have a gender identity disorder," she said. "I think society has a gender identity disorder....."
Media Credit: Jim Anderson
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Posted by De Sube at 11/05/2009 09:03:00 AM