Transsexuality is still being fought by many – even doctors who actually need to know better
Federal Trans * e.V. (BVT *) and HAKI, V. Kiel, in a joint statement warn of the "resurgence of scientifically long-rejected and inappropriate approaches to the psychotherapy care of trans * people." Psychotherapy and sexology have made progress. However, some representatives in the field have questioned "increasingly successful evidence-based approaches" and the current state of knowledge
present concrete scientific results.
Doctor Annette Güldenring, who is also a spokeswoman for the Task Force on Health at the German Trans * Association, said that this development would be alarming if it only took place academically. "The authors of these publications, however, work in leading positions in state ambulance vehicles," Glüdenring says. "As a therapeutic goal, they promote reconciliation with the gender assigned at birth or prevent trans * children and adolescents from receiving sufficient medication." This implies the danger of making the psychological situation worse for the afflicted – "at worst to suicide."
Therefore, work must be done to "ensure that all patients receive evidence-based care and needs in all treatments – whether at Trans * Special Centers or in private practice areas," says Güldenring. Treatment offers, where this is actually possible, can be obtained from German Trans * and other national and regional trans * organizations, such as HAKI e.V.
Güldenring is a psychiatrist and psychotherapy physician and has been dealing with transgender people's concerns since the early 1980s. Among other things, she works in the "Interdisciplinary Working Group on Gender Identity Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence" as well as in the "Sexual Orientation" section of the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology (DGPPN). In addition, she works through the publication in journals from a psychiatric standpoint, the pathologization of trans identity.
Trade magazines and leading media describe transsexuality as imagination
According to BAT * and HAKI activists, authors in recent years in sexual medicine journals have increasingly argued that therapies should be applied to trans * individuals in order to adjust gender identity to the binary and reproductive gender model. At the same time, interviews with transgender sex are increasingly reported in the leading media in recent months.
An example of this thesis is the article "Is it now fashionable to be a transgender person?", Published last year in the Ärztezeitung. The article, among other things, criticized German society for its harsh measures Transidentität and Intersexualität (dgti). It was "a poster for the politics of the newly-strengthened right-wing sentiment in Germany and the advocates for the" # 39; (PDF).
Such opinions must be clearly opposed to science and the public, which is why BAT and HAKI: Medical associations and medical societies are needed here in the future to achieve the progress that has been made in the trans * people's medical care in recent decades. They include open and respectful guidelines for helping adults and adolescents seek treatment to make their own gender decision and treatment based on empirically proven effectiveness. (Dk / h)