|There is some cause for transgender celebration|
in the DSM (photos.com)
There is some really good news to be found in there as well, though.
The Gender Dysphoria working group has clearly had wiser leadership than the paraphilia working party of Ray Blanchard.
First: gender dysphoria is no longer called a "disorder". It is no longer considered a mental illness (although it is still included in a manual of mental illnesses).
Secondly: they refuse to give in to the notion that there are two distinct types of transsexuals, where one is perverted and the other is not.
Being -- or having been -- a crossdreamer does not disqualify you from being recognized as transsexual.
I have gotten hold of the "Gender Dysphoria" chapter and this is what it says about crossdreamers (in the text referred to as "an individual with transvestic disorder"):
"An individual with transvestic disorder who has also clinically significant gender dysphoria can be given both diagnoses. In many cases of late-onset gender dysphoria in gynephilic natal males, transvestic behavior with sexual excitement is a precursor."
It is as if the Gender Dysphoria group has looked at all the pain the paraphilia subworkinggroup will cause transsexuals through their Transvestic Disorder text and decided to do something about it.
What the Gender Dysphoria texts says is basically what I have said for a long time: Crossdreamer fantasies are symptoms of an underlying gender variance. In some crossdreamers this condition is strong enough to cause gender dysphoria (i.e. distress caused by a mismatch between biological sex and sex/gender identity).
This is important, because it makes it harder for Blanchard-supporters, militant HBS classic transsexuals and radical feminists to use the DSM to stigmatize transsexual crossdreamers.