Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 574–576 | Cite as

Some Legal Thoughts on Transsexuality in the Healthcare System After the New Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

  • Elena Atienza-MacíasEmail author

If anything defines the phenomenon of transsexuality is its interdisciplinarity. For a rigorous study of transsexuality, it is imperative to consider not only its legal sphere (Armaza-Armaza and Atienza-Macıías 2013) (specifically its legal-health sphere), but also its sociological, psychological, ethical, philosophical (Butler 2004) and political sphere. This is a matter in which the social weight, specifically from the transgender groups, has been and remains crucial in many aspects: from the progressive elimination of discrimination to the influence on legislators (Rubio-Torrano 2011). This commentary makes a special remark into the substantial developments that the publication of the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V, American Psychiatric Association 2013a) has established in this area.

It is noteworthy that, since 1980, transsexuality has been classified as a mental disorder and, consequently, is currently included within the...


Mental Disorder Gender Dysphoria Gender Identity Disorder Gender Identity Disorder Legal Thought 
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This work is part of the Research Training Grant Programme from the Agency for Research Promotion and Management-DEIKER, at the University of Deusto. Likewise, this research has been made possible by the support of the Department of Education, Universities and Research of the Basque Government for supporting activities of research groups of the Basque university system with reference IT581-13.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Inter-University Chair in Law and the Human GenomeUniversity of Deusto and University of the Basque Country UPV/EHUBilbaoSpain

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