In a statement on its website Tuesday, the New England association assures its members, "regardless of your diagnosis or label, we will continue to provide a gathering place where members of the Asperger's community can connect to one another."
Being transgender no longer a mental disorder
The DSM-5 eliminates the term "gender identity disorder," which mental health specialists, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists, had considered stigmatizing. It refers to "gender dysphoria," which focuses attention only on those who feel distressed by their gender identity.
"I think it's a significant change," Jack Drescher, a member of the psychiatric association group that recommended the change, said late last year. "It's clinically defensible, but it reduces the amount of stigma and harm that existed before."
Homosexuality was removed from the DSM in 1973, a move he believes changed global views.
Some LGBT activists applauded the change, while others have questioned whether it goes far enough.