gender dysphoria

noun

Definition of gender dysphoria

: a distressed state arising from conflict between a person's gender identity and the sex the person has or was identified as having at birth also : a condition marked by such distress

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Service members diagnosed with gender dysphoria before April 12, 2019, are exempt from the new policy and eligible for surgery. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Fact checking Trump's comments on transgender military service members," 5 June 2019 The controversy — whether gender dysphoria is permanent or ephemeral — has occasionally made its way into the UCSF clinic, with clinical psychologist Erica Anderson — herself a transgender woman — sometimes playing devil's advocate. Sara Solovitch, Washington Post, "When kids come in saying they are transgender (or no gender), these doctors try to help," 6 Mar. 2018 Putting them on is like a safety blanket, shielding me from gender dysphoria. Chella Man, Teen Vogue, "What It’s Like to Be Trans and Live With Gender Dysphoria," 21 Sep. 2018 The law, which goes into effect July 1, requires a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or a legal identification that matches the person’s gender identity. Washington Post, "Law: Trans Connecticut inmates will be housed appropriately," 26 May 2018 Here is what four people have to say about our experiences with gender dysphoria. Chella Man, Teen Vogue, "What It’s Like to Be Trans and Live With Gender Dysphoria," 21 Sep. 2018 Through her struggles Buchleiter had feared that her faith was not big enough to handle the turmoil of her gender dysphoria. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'Life-changing surgery': IU Health gender affirmation program one of few in Midwest," 9 June 2018 Kallas argued no binding legal precedent requires that inmates' gender dysphoria must be treated promptly. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Transgender inmate can sue over denial of hormone treatment, U.S. Appeals Court rules," 11 July 2018 The controversial bill, which has been criticized by the LGBTQ community and advocacy groups, focuses on the rights a parent has, as the bill says, in knowing whether or not their child is experiencing gender dysphoria. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "An Ohio Bill Would Force Teachers and Doctors to Out Transgender Children," 4 July 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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gender dysphoria

noun

Medical Definition of gender dysphoria

: a distressed state arising from conflict between a person's gender identity and the sex the person has or was identified as having at birth A significant incongruence between gender identity and physical phenotype is known as gender identity disorder; the experience of this state, termed gender dysphoria, is a source of chronic suffering.— Louis J. Gooren, The New England Journal of Medicine, 31 Mar. 2011 also : a psychological disorder marked by such distress Scientists have no conclusive explanation for what causes some people to feel dissonance between their gender identity and aspects of their anatomy. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association updated its manual, replacing the term "gender identity disorder," with one that is less stigmatizing, "gender dysphoria." The New York Times, 4 May 2015

Note: Gender dysphoria is typically manifested by a rejection of traditional gender roles and by a desire to live as a member of the opposite sex.

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