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Sante Publique. 2012 May-Jun;24(3):263-8.

[Transsexualism : an obsolete nosological category].

[Article in French]

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Centre émile Durkheim - Université Victor Segalen - 3 ter, Place de la Victoire - 33000 Bordeaux.


Transsexualism is a recent medical invention. In France, the diagnosis and clinical assessment of transsexualism are carried out jointly by lawyers, doctors and psychiatrists. However, recent quantitative and qualitative studies have shown that current uses of the concept of "transsexualism" no longer meet the demands of all trans people. Only a minority of trans people undergo a public protocol of transsexualization for the transition process. This finding is supported by evidence from a quantitative survey conducted by Alain Giami, and is apparent in the life stories of people who avoid using the "transsexual" label and criticize the clinical process for mistreating people. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the mechanisms of the subjective depsychiatrization and depathologization of trans identities and to examine current conceptions of trans "becomings".

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