Sep 21 – In Chilliwack, five of 17 trustee candidates oppose lessons about sexual orientation, gender identity. A Tyee special report. -by Katie Hyslop

Excerpt from the article:

Furgason added that transgender people are like those with anorexia in that it is a psychological disorder. However, the American Psychiatric Association, which produces the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that defines gender dysphoria, which had previously been defined as “gender identity disorder,” denies that it is a disorder.

“Part of removing stigma is about choosing the right words. Replacing ‘disorder’ with ‘dysphoria’ in the diagnostic label is not only more appropriate and consistent with familiar clinical sexology terminology, it also removes the connotation that the patient is ‘disordered,’” reads a fact-sheet from the American Psychiatric Association.

Furgason also argues that transgender people are such a minority in Chilliwack the attention afforded them is unwarranted.

Excerpt from the sidebar:

The use of SOGI 123 lesson plans is not mandated by the government. But whether districts can ban SOGI 123 materials or lesson plans to be used in schools is a matter of some debate.

The complete article and its sidebar can be seen here.