“Gender Identity Disorder” Removed from DSM

trans activitiesThe American Psychiatric Association has approved major changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, including the removal of the term “gender identity disorder,” in favor of the more neutral “gender dysphoria.”

Transgender activists have long claimed the term “disorder” is stigmatizing, and equate the change with the removal of homosexuality as a mental illness.  The request to change the terminology was made over the summer, though it was just officially approved on Saturday.

DSM-5, the first major overall of the APA guide, will be released in May 2013.



NAACP Releases New Report Card on Hotel Industry Diversity & Inclusion

naacpOn November 30th, the NAACP released its first of seven report cards on diversity and inclusion in the workforce by industry – starting with the hotel and hospitality industry.  Of those assessed, none scored an “A”, with Marriott International scoring a “B-” – the highest score of any business analyzed.  The report is the first that will be released over the course of the next four years that take a closer look at common diversity measures such as hiring and job advancement; contracting and procurement; and ownership.  Read More here.