Was it a watershed event similar to what happened when homosexuality started in 1973 on the road to being depathologized across several DSM's? Is it as some people are arguing a status quo event? Or is it as some people are contending we didn't get depathologized and in fact the trans community is in an even worse position than we were in previously?
From Naomi Fontanos, executive director of Ganda Filipinas who also sits on the board of WPATH:
"Despite retention of the unconscionable Transvestic Disorder category, I believe that the Gender Dysphoria category revisions in the DSM-5 will bring some long-awaited forward progress to trans and transsexual people facing barriers to social and medical transition. I hope that much more progress will follow."
Julia Serano also commented on the DSM-5 controversy.
In case you're wondering what the TransGriot's postion is on this DSM-V revision hereit is.:I'm in favor of trans being depathologized and removed from both the DSM and the ICD, but have a medical protocol in place so that trans related healthcare can be covered by insurance.
So stay tuned, the debate is still raging over what exactly did happen concerning the trans community and the DSM-V.
But what it does do is heighten the importance that the international trans community gets busy collectively making sure the job of trans depathologization is done properly as the World Health Organization takes up the task of revising their ICD-11 manual.