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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Athletes like Caster Semenya with high levels of testosterone will be tested for gender dysphoria. oregonlive.com, "Leadership of USA Track & Field continues to bumble along: Oregon track & field rundown," 26 June 2019 But when his psychologist provided a letter recommending bilateral mastectomy to treat Robinson's gender dysphoria, Medica granted the request. CNN, "To be herself, she needs to change her body. But first, comes the battle with insurers," 31 May 2018 But to have someone clock my gender dysphoria and follow up with an incorrect assumption about my identity was like a whiplash with a lingering sting. Lauren Kayes, Allure, "Written in the Cards: What Reading Tarot Taught Me About Gender," 12 June 2019 In 2018, the department spent roughly $1.3 million on 105 surgeries related to gender dysphoria, and has spent a little over $2 million between 2016 and February 2019 on around 161 surgeries. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Fact checking Trump's comments on transgender military service members," 5 June 2019 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

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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gender dysphoria

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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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