Psychiatrists, physicians, and mental health professionals are often asked to treat patients facing issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. Here are quick Tips for trans-inclusion of LGBTs.
At the heart of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered (LGBT) community is the desire for inclusion and acceptance. Medical guidelines geared toward the LGBT community have barely caught up with the reality of the everyday human experience of these individuals, but fortunately, psychiatrists often are at the cutting edge of the matter.
The APA addressed the term Gender Identity Disorder (GID), in this press release. Here are quick Tips for "trans-inclusion" of LGBTs, adapted from the advocacy group, FORGE, a Coalition of LGBT Advocacy Organizations, and from a Psychiatric Times article by Dr Steven Moffic, titled "I Am Not for Myself: The Trials and the Triumphs of the Transgendered."
Note: FORGE is a Milwaukee-based, progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies). Here is FORGE's reaction to the ruling to uphold the Healthcare Reform Act.