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BloomingOUT – Tim Donovan – February 1, 2018


BloomingOUT hosts Frankie, Rachel, and Alex discuss the evolving literature and psychiatric understanding of the LGBTQ community. They’re joined in the studio by Bloomington-based therapist Tim Donovan, who speaks to how mental illness, and stigma, impacts the LGBTQ community.

Tonight we will be featuring the music from Bloomington band, Sleeping Bag with a selection from their 2017 release, “Wet.”

It was in 2013 that the APA, the American Psychiatric Association, published the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders fifth edition, more commonly referred to as the DSM-5. That year marked a significant shift in how professionals in the psychiatric field began addressing ‘Gender Dysphoria’, a new condition that had been adapted from the previous term; ‘Gender Identity Disorder’.

“The new diagnosis recognized that a mismatch between one’s birth gender and identity was not necessarily pathological,” says pediatric endocrinologist Norman Spack.  He went on to note, “It shifted the emphasis in treatment from fixing a disorder to resolving distress over the mismatch.”

Last year, the Danish parliament went a step further and officially remove transgender individuals from the list the status of “mentally ill.”The action was done in part to spur the World Health Organization to reevaluate the definition of transgender as a mental illness in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD).

BloomingOUT is Produced by Alex Ashkin.
Our Executive Producer is WFHB News Director Wes Martin.
Jessie Grubb is our Engineer.
Our Anchors are Alex Ashkin, Frankie Presslaff, and Rachael Jones.


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