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Transphobia. An irrational fear of transgenderism and transgender people. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Specific Phobia is defined as "marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable, cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation."

Many people have this sometimes severe mental disorder. It makes headlines across the country. These people are afraid that transgender people might be in public restrooms. They sometimes fixate on these fears to the point that they become completely delusional, imagining all sorts of transgender behaviors that simply do not happen.

Unfortunately, no one seems to be talking about how to help these people. Of course, the first step would be to have this disorder classified by the American Psychiatric Association, and included in DSM-V, to be released in 2012.

This would allow insurance companies to cover new treatment programs developed by psychiatrists and psychologists around the world. Perhaps a government agency could be created to explore the causes of transphobia. It is even possible that scientists may someday identify a transphobic gene.

In the meantime, what can be done to address this problem? Caring religious and other charitable organizations might begin offering solutions to the transphobic community, free of charge. As a Christian woman, I feel it is my duty to help these poor souls find their way back to lives free of destructive fears and harmful behaviors. A world as God intended it to be.

New programs would probably include Transphobia Conversion Therapy. There is hope from a little-known, experimental program--Transphobia Recovery Utilizing Therapeutic Honesty (TRUTH)--exclusively offered for those transphobic people who are looking for a different way to live. Specific treatment plans would include having the TRUTH patient watch video clips of transgender people doing good things, like holding a door for someone, or worshipping.

Another possibility would be to allow the transphobic individual the opportunity to read the massive body of evidence that shows scientifically how gender identity variation is a natural and normal occurrence. For those who are most deeply affected by severe transphobia, under professional guidance, clients would actually meet someone who is transgender.

If TRUTH is offered in cities and towns across the country, millions of Americans will be set free from this horrible affliction. People whose lives have been dominated by fear and hate will be transformed by TRUTH. A similar application of TRUTH might also be helpful to people who suffer from homophobia.

Now, if we can just get them to put transphobia into the DSM-V.
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Title Annotation:Transformative
Author:Mott, Stephanie
Publication:Liberty Press
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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