Robert Spitzer Retracts 2001 Ex-gay Study

Psychiatrist Bob Spitzer, author of a 2001 ex-gay study, told American Prospect journalist, Gabriel Arana, that he wants to retract his study:Spitzer was growing tired and asked how many more questions I had. Nothing, I responded, unless you have something to add.He did. Would I print a retraction of his 2001 study, “so I don’t have to worry about it anymore”?Knowing this article was coming, I talked last evening with Bob and asked him what he would like to do about his study. He confi … [Read more...]

APA issues statement regarding GID and the DSM-V

The American Psychiatric Association released a statement on Friday regarding some "inquiries about the DSM-V process." I suspect many of those inquiries have focused on the disputes over treatment highlighted by the recent NPR broadcast on gender identity, often involving Dr. Ken Zucker. I asked Ken Zucker and Michael Bailey for their reactions to this press release from a transgender advocacy group. Dr. Zucker declined to comment, but sent the following APA statement. Dr. Bailey's comment … [Read more...]

Ken Zucker compares ethnic identity conflict and gender identity conflict

Ken Zucker, a psychologist featured in the NPR series on gender identity, recently posted the following on the SEXNET listserv. Are ethnic identity conflict and gender identity conflict analogous? In this post, Dr. Zucker addresses the topic and I thank him for giving me permission to re-post it here:In the interview I had with the NPR journalist, Alix Spiegel, I posed the question: How would a clinician respond to a young child (in this instance a Black youngster) who presented with the … [Read more...]


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