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TYFA BLOG – Help TYFA protect gender-variant youth today!

Help TYFA protect gender-variant youth today!

April 29, 2009 – Dear TYFA supporters:

Andrea James Andrea James
Director

The American Psychiatric Association meets next month to discuss how gender-variant youth will be described in upcoming publications, including the DSM-V. This is a manual used by many mental health professionals, and it usually remains unchanged for at least ten years between revisions. That means most children born so far this century will have to deal with whatever is in the next DSM revision until they reach adulthood.

Unfortunately, the American Psychiatric Association appointed Kenneth Zucker of Toronto’s notorious Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to head the group revising the DSM. Dr. Zucker is the world’s most famous advocate of reparative therapy for gender variant youth. His methods have been described as "problematic and harsh," and author Phyllis Burke noted "The diagnosis of GID in children, as supported by Zucker and [co-worker Susan] Bradley, is simply child abuse."

You can do three things right now to help:

1. Join the Facebook group "Close the CAMH Gender Identity Clinic"

http://www.facebook.com/profile….

This is an easy and free way to show your support of trans youth!

2. Spread the word!

Tell your friends. Paste this message on your blog. Ask friends to join both the anti-CAMH group and the TYFA cause. This is another easy and free way to show your support of trans youth!

3. Donate to TYFA

Every dollar you donate to TYFA helps trans youth to grow up free from the abuses of reparative therapy by misguided "experts." It helps us in our mission to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. Let’s show the CAMH Gender Identity Clinic and the APA that we support our youngest community members and their families!

You can donate via Facebook (click "donate" under our logo):
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/…

Or on our website:
http://www.imatyfa.org/permanent…

Thanks for your continued support of TYFA!