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Martin Kafka vs. transgender people

Martin Kafka is an American psychiatrist who subscribes to a number of disease models of human sexuality, including ones that are sometimes applied to trans and gender diverse people:

  • “hypersexuality”
  • “sex addiction”
  • “paraphilia”

He served as a member of the Sexual and Gender Disorders Working Group (Paraphilias Sub-Committee) of the American Psychiatric Association for the formulation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), 5th Edition.


MartinĀ PaulĀ KafkaĀ was born in May 1947. He graduated fromĀ Columbia CollegeĀ in 1968, then earned hisĀ medical degree in 1973 fromĀ SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He completed his psychiatric residency at theĀ University of MichiganĀ in 1977. In 1999 Kafka was elected a full member of theĀ International Academy of Sex Research.Ā 


Kafka MP, Henne J (). The Paraphilia-Related Disorders: An Empirical Investigation of Nonparaphilic Hypersexuality Disorders in Outpatient Males. J Sex Marital Ther.Ā 1999 Oct-Dec;25(4):305-19. doi: 10.1080/00926239908404008


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