Recently the World Professional Association for Transgender Health released new guidelines for transition related medical care and therapeutic assistance for transgender and gender nonconforming people at a health symposium at Emory University in Atlanta. This is version 7. Version one was written in 1979 by Dr. Harry Benjamin. One of the main changes is its title. Called the Standards Of Care For Gender Identity Disorders in the last version (February, 2001) and all previous versions (1979, 1980, 1981, 1990, and 1998), it is now called the Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People.
The sharp-eyed will notice that they dropped the words “Gender Identity Disorder”. I can’t claim to have read every word yet, but I have been informed that the word “disorder” has been expunged. The condition is now referred to as gender dysphoria…which I recall many of us using back in the early 90s (see The Uninvited Dilemma: a question of gender by Kim Elizabeth Stuart.
My own feelings are not out of line with those of Sebastian and Annika at Autostraddle.