Disordering Gender: Breaking the Transgender Taboo

What are therapists treating when they treat clients for “Gender Identity Disorder”? Both insurance companies and standards of care demand that therapists carefully diagnose patients who present ourselves as having gender identities at odds with our bodies and social roles, ruling out other possible diagnoses before accepting our claims of transgender identity. But while some […]

A Son’s Vows to Love, Honor, and Obey Go Awry

My brother’s troubles began with my parent’s marriage. They knew each other for only one week when they married. Mother told me that she only agreed because she was twenty-five, an old maid. Dad was financially established. It was during the Depression and he owned a record store. Father was autistic. He was also a […]

Misdiagnosed

“Fucking, fucking, fucking, fucking.” With each swear, the scissor blade hit my arms, but the pain never surfaced. I was already in too much pain for it to matter. “Fucking, fucking, fucking, fucking.” I cursed myself, cursed my family, cursed the world, and cursed the scissors for not hurting enough. But I decided not to […]