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Absolutely amazing opinion piece
« on: September 18, 2015, 10:34:50 am »
Opinion: Damaging labels do transgender people a disservice

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/opinion-damaging-labels-do-transgender-people-a-disservice

Edmonton Journal/Mark Morris, Published on: September 18, 2015 | Last Updated: September 18, 2015 10:36 AM MDT
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Re: Absolutely amazing opinion piece
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2015, 12:07:40 pm »
Great piece!  Thanks for posting.

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Re: Absolutely amazing opinion piece
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2015, 06:43:59 pm »
Agree, great find. I think the psychological community has a lot to atone for, given that for so many decades they used the cover of their professionalism to spread this same sort of hate, through their diagnostic manuals no less. They had no evidence that we were disordered (they can't have - we aren't), and yet the arrogantly instructed the whole world that we were.

To my seeing, they should be the ones writing these opinion pieces to undo the damage they've done.
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Re: Absolutely amazing opinion piece
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2015, 07:55:45 pm »
I gather the article was written in response to this...

Transgender students have 'mental disorder,' Edmonton Catholic school trustee says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/transgender-students-have-mental-disorder-edmonton-catholic-school-trustee-says-1.3229811

Which is not specifically about the psychological profession using their power to peddle their views but rather bonehead bigots who use whatever pseudo science they feel best suits their prejudice.

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Re: Absolutely amazing opinion piece
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2015, 10:53:42 pm »
I gather the article was written in response to this...

Transgender students have 'mental disorder,' Edmonton Catholic school trustee says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/transgender-students-have-mental-disorder-edmonton-catholic-school-trustee-says-1.3229811

Which is not specifically about the psychological profession using their power to peddle their views but rather bonehead bigots who use whatever pseudo science they feel best suits their prejudice.

Yes that's what it relates to, thanks for posting it Grace.

Paige :)

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Re: Absolutely amazing opinion piece
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2015, 04:51:45 am »
I gather the article was written in response to this...

Transgender students have 'mental disorder,' Edmonton Catholic school trustee says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/transgender-students-have-mental-disorder-edmonton-catholic-school-trustee-says-1.3229811

Which is not specifically about the psychological profession using their power to peddle their views but rather bonehead bigots who use whatever pseudo science they feel best suits their prejudice.

No, but such bigots are basing their claims on what the profession had been saying for decades. It was barely two years ago they finally got off their collective butts and declared that all of a sudden we were no longer disordered (one of the greatest miracles of modern psychology - fifteen million people cured of a disorder with the stroke of a pen). Comments like the one the guy on the school board made is the legacy of irresponsible and hate-promoting action of the psychological profession for declaring us disordered in the first place based on zero evidence.
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Re: Absolutely amazing opinion piece
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2015, 12:45:04 pm »
No, but such bigots are basing their claims on what the profession had been saying for decades. It was barely two years ago they finally got off their collective butts and declared that all of a sudden we were no longer disordered (one of the greatest miracles of modern psychology - fifteen million people cured of a disorder with the stroke of a pen). Comments like the one the guy on the school board made is the legacy of irresponsible and hate-promoting action of the psychological profession for declaring us disordered in the first place based on zero evidence.

Having had some rather bad experiences with psychiatry in the late 1980s, I would definitely agree with you Suzi.  It's really annoying that these dinosaurs are still being quoted and referenced today.

Paige :)

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Re: Absolutely amazing opinion piece
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2015, 12:49:23 pm »
Yes, thank you for this reminder of our history and our substantial progress.  Suzi I too like that "miracle" cure and just want greater access to that special pen.  Goodness knows what you might write with it??!! ;D
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