: in my writings, this usually refers to the American Psychiatric Association, the organization that publishes the DSM (the so-called “psychiatric bible”).
The same acronym may also refer to the American Psychological Association (who I sometimes refer to as the “good APA,” because they have historically been more progressive and less pathologizing than their psychiatric counterpart).
And we will be best served if we challenge the negative connotations and false assumptions associated with those misuses and abuses, rather than trying to eliminate the words themselves.
The following trans-, gender-, sexuality-, and activism-related terms regularly appear in my writings.
While I will occasionally update some of these entries, most of this was written in 2015-16 (and thus likely reflects my thinking during that time period).: a phrase that I coined here (see Outspoken, pp.
244-251) to describe how words that refer to marginalized identities/experiences/bodies become tainted by the stigma those groups face, thus leading activists to continually forward new replacement terms, which in turn eventually become tainted as well.
This is the online glossary for my third book: Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism.
It begins with a brief introductory essay, followed by the glossary itself (which you can skip ahead to by clicking that link).
In addition to the definition, I will often add clarifying information and links to further discussion (sometimes citing passages from my books Whipping Girl, Excluded, and Outspoken).
Most other links will take you to the glossary entry for that particular word or phrase.