Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sign the Petition

On the Task Force, named as Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Chair, we find Dr. Kenneth Zucker, from Toronto infamous Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH, formerly the Clarke Institute). Dr. Zucker is infamous for utilizing reparative therapy to Ccure gender-variant children. Named to his work group, we find Zuckers mentor, Dr. Ray Blanchard, Head of Clinical Sexology Services at CAMH and creator of the theory of autogynephilia, categorized as a paraphilia and defined as man paraphilic tendency to be sexually aroused by the thought or image of himself as a woman. Also Dr Ann Lawrence, a supporter of his JUNK SCIENCE.. is understood to be in consideration as an alternate member.

We, the undersigned hereby object to their inclusion on this committee, and object to the hurtful theories they promote. In order to have any credibility in the field of gender identity, the DSM must not include discounted theories or junk science. We ask that they be removed at once as members.

Sign the Petition.


Queers United said...

signed and emailed the APA people

Erica Foley said...

Done! Here's what I wrote:

Zucker's and Blanchard's work is irreparably compromised by methodological flaws that are readily apparent to even a casual reader. Their insistence that their conclusions are nevertheless sound reduce their writings to junk science of the worst order - right up there with creationists and believers in the Loch Ness Monster. That they would be considered for anything as serious as a revision to the DSM is alarming and appalling.