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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Recent Examples on the Web Troops that were already serving and were diagnosed with gender dysphoria were required to serve in their birth gender and were barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery. Lolita C. Baldor, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden set to reverse Trump’s military transgender ban," 25 Jan. 2021 Troops that were already serving and were diagnosed with gender dysphoria were required to serve in their birth gender and were barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "President Joe Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender people in the military," 25 Jan. 2021 Troops that were already serving and were diagnosed with gender dysphoria were required to serve in their birth gender and were barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery. Lolita Baldor, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender people in military," 25 Jan. 2021 Troops that were already serving and were diagnosed with gender dysphoria were required to serve in their birth gender and were barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery. Lolita C. Baldor And Zeke Miller, Chron, "Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender people in military," 25 Jan. 2021 Schafer turns in a sensitive, gut-wrenching performance as a 17-year-old transgender girl who struggles with depression, bullying and gender dysphoria and has a love interest who can’t seem to stay clean. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, "Hunter Schafer’s Week: A New York Whirlwind," 19 Jan. 2021 The clinic could not say how many of those referred for puberty blockers had autism, which is common among those who express gender dysphoria. The Economist, "Other countries should learn from a transgender verdict in England," 12 Dec. 2020 According to the Pentagon, there are roughly 9,000 service members who identify as transgender but only 1,000 or fewer who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "White House Lifts Curbs Against Transgender Military Service Members," 25 Jan. 2021 Since July 2016, more than 1,500 service members were diagnosed with gender dysphoria; as of Feb. 1, 2019, there were 1,071 currently serving. Lolita C. Baldor, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden set to reverse Trump’s military transgender ban," 25 Jan. 2021

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Gender dysphoria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gender%20dysphoria. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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