Transgender: Both Sides of the Story

At the Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University, a lecture titled "Transgender: Both Sides of the Story" was held, led by PhDr. Adam Suchý. The lecture provided an in-depth look into the lives of transgender individuals from a clinical-psychological perspective, unraveling topics such as transition, detransition, and the distinctions between gender identity and sexual orientation.

23 May 2024 Zdeňka Barešová

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At the Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University, under the auspices of the Institute of Medical Psychology and Psychosomatics, a lecture titled "Transgender: Both Sides of the Story" was led by PhDr. Adam Suchý. This lecture provided a comprehensive view of transgender issues from a clinical-psychological perspective, encompassing a wide range of topics from definitions and diagnostics to the processes of transition and detransition, and distinctions between gender identity and sexual orientation.

PhDr. Suchý initiated the lecture by defining basic concepts such as biological sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and explained how these aspects differ and overlap. He discussed the social and biological aspects of gender identity and their impacts on individuals, providing listeners with a clear introduction to the complexity of the topic.

The lecture further delved into the subject of gender incongruence, characterized by a discrepancy between perceived and assigned sex at birth. Emphasis was placed on gender dysphoria, which includes clinical discomfort or functional impairment and is a crucial aspect for diagnosis and therapy.

PhDr. Suchý thoroughly reviewed diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, including changes in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and the DSM-V, which influence the approach to healthcare for transgender individuals. This segment of the lecture highlighted the importance of current medical standards and ethical practices in care.

A significant part of the discussion was devoted to the transition process, including social and medical changes such as hormonal therapy and surgical procedures, and the process of detransition, which can be motivated by various psychosocial factors. The lecture was enriched with several case studies and case histories that illustrated the diverse life trajectories of transgender individuals and demonstrated how individual experiences and needs vary.

PhDr. Suchý emphasized that transgender issues are deeply individual and that each therapeutic journey should be tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of the individual. The lecture sparked a rich discussion and numerous questions from the audience, reflecting both professional and personal interest in a friendly manner, without any tendency to polarize or scandalize the topic.

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