As part of their ongoing Hot Topics series, Brandyn was interviewed by staff at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. As you know, Brandyn has contributed several articles to their online magazine BETA.
This year, Brandyn Gallagher, an outspoken advocate for transgender people and transgender man himself, found the outdated term “gender identity disorder” stamped in his medical records. “I went to a neurologist with paralysis in my hand, and not only did my paperwork say female on it, the only ‘problem’ listed on my paperwork was ‘gender identity disorder.’ That doesn’t even exist and it was completely unrelated to the paralysis in my hand,” he explained.
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) replaced the stigmatizing diagnostic term “gender identity disorder” with the diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” in the revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This change was made to better characterize—without pathologizing—the experience of identifying with a different gender than the one a person was assigned when they were born.
Read the full interview at SF AIDS Foundation