[UPDATED – 8/19/08]
The following is a link to a press release from the APA about gender identity stuff. For purposes of this post, the specifics aren’t important.
Now look at the header info:
Last year, the APA named Mills associate executive director of public and member communications.
Before joining APA, Mills spent two years as director of communications and public affairs at Whitman-Walker Clinic, the largest HIV/AIDS service provider in the D.C. metro area. In that post, she helped steer the clinic through a financial crisis that led to the launch of a new business strategy. Before that, Mills was the first education director for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization. During eight years at HRC, Mills was a key spokesperson for the organization and oversaw HRC’s highly successful workplace advocacy program, its award-winning web site, magazine, the National Coming Out Project and the family project, among other responsibilities.
Earlier in her career, Mills spent 14 years as a reporter and supervisor at The Associated Press….
Now, lets look at the opening line of an article that Mills authored in 1994 (specifically, as it appeared in the Feb. 14, 1994, edition of the Wisconsin State Journal) whilst working for the Associated Press:
The gay community has long allowed other sexual outcasts to ride its coattails, from transvestites and transsexuals to bisexuals and leather fetishists. But it is now trying to distance itself from pedophiles.
That’s the attitudinal inclination that the Rhode Island Avenue Cesspool of Transphobia thought was proper for an ‘education director.’
See why I constantly question not simply the amount and type of ‘education’ that the Scampaign claims to have done regarding trans issues over the last decade-plus, but whether any ‘education’ actually took place at all?
And that’s the alumna-cum-tentacle that the Scampaign has in the APA right now as it determines what the next edition of the DSM has to say about us.
As is noted in the comments, I was linking the DSM to the wrong APA. The DSM is the American Psychiatric Association’s thing, not the American Psychological Association’s.
Of course, as the commenter notes, there is significant cross-pollenation between the two. And, look at the list of life forms that constitutes the ‘Task Force’ that HRC-alumna Mills is plugging:
Task force members:
Chair: Margaret Schneider, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada;
Walter O. Bockting, PhD, University of Minnesota Medical School;
Randall D. Ehrbar, PsyD; New Leaf Services Our Community, San Francisco;
Anne A. Lawrence, MD, PhD, Seattle; Katherine Rachlin, PhD, New York;
Kenneth J. Zucker, PhD, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada
Remember: Mills was a mouthpiece for the Scampaign during its period of particularly virulent political transphobia, often masked by fluffy aspirations of “ending discrimination based on gender identity,” just like this ‘Task Force’ implores psychological professionals to do.
This APA could send a signal that its serious by getting rid of those in its employ (and ‘force’) who are known and recognized as harmful influences to transsexuals and all trans people.