Gender identity disorder research: Q & A with Kenneth Zucker

As a follow up to the recent broadcasts by NPR and several posts regarding gender identity, here is a Q & A involving J. Michael Bailey and Ken Zucker recently posted on the SEXNET email list. Dr. Zucker is the Head of the Gender Identity Service, Child, Youth, and Family Program and Psychologist-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Zucker is the chair of the newly appointed Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders working group for the 5th … [Read more...]

American Psychological Association comments on DSM gender identity issue

The other APA (the psychologists) has now commented on the appointment of Ken Zucker to the psychiatrist's APA DSM task force.American Psychological AssociationOffice of Public Affairs(202) 336-5700Public.affairs@apa.orgStatement on Gender Identity Disorder and the Planned Revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical ManualMay 2008There has been some recent confusion regarding the American Psychological Association and work being done on the next version of the Diagnostic and … [Read more...]

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force questions the APA on DSM choices

There appears to be a growing schism within LGBT circles regarding the APA appointments of Kenneth Zucker and Ray Blanchard to the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group (see the APA statement here). Today, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force issued a press release calling Zucker and Blanchard "clearly out of step with the occurring shift in how doctors and other health professionals think about transgender people and gender variance."The APA and Jack Drescher has stepped up in … [Read more...]

GID controversy gets some media attention

We have been talking about it just about non-stop here and MSNBC's Brian Alexander takes a look at the GID-DSM controversy in this piece - "What's 'normal' sex? Shrinks seek definition." … [Read more...]

Two families, two approaches to gender preferences

This National Public Radio broadcast provides a look at the controversies surrounding how to treat gender identity concerns in childhood. Essentially dividing the field into two camps, the program follows the treatment choices of two families. One approach, represented by Kenneth Zucker, advocates making "the child comfortable with the sex he or she was born with." The reporter elaborates further:So, to treat Bradley, Zucker explained to Carol that she and her husband would have to radically … [Read more...]


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