The DSM is regarded as the medical and social definition of mental disorder throughout North America and strongly influences international psychiatric nomenclature.
On January 10th, 2010, the American Psychiatric Association released proposed draft revisions for the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to be published May 2013.
Transgender people's civil rights advancement has been severely limited by our diagnosis in DSM because we are considered mentally ill by the American Psychiatric Association.
Although the propose changes for the DSM-5 has substituted "Incongruent" a less offensive word for "Dysphoria", the ramifications from this diagnosis still exists as illustrated recently by our exclusion from the DADT repeal.
Anti transgender organizations cornerstone evidence for our dehumanization is the DSM which links our identities with with autogynephilia and pedophilia.
Our diverse gender identities are a natural gift, not a psychiatric disorder.
What we propose as a Standard Of Care (SOC).
This is proposed SOC from Spain's trans advocacy group STP2012. If adapted insurers would have to cover all transitional issues without our being labeled mentally ill. http://www.stp2012.info/guia/STP_guide_health.pdf