Social conservatives Janet Mefferd and Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, have criticized the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) decision to no longer classify transgender identity as a “disorder.”

The APA's upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will no longer include the term “Gender Identity Disorder.” The updated manual instead will include the term “Gender Dysphoria” to describe emotional distress over one's gender.

LaBarbera claimed the organization had “been infiltrated by LGBT activists” who have “politicized” science.

“The importance of this saying it's no longer a disorder means basically it will propel this radical transgender movement forward,” he said on Mefferd's radio show. “The transgender movement … at its extreme it's getting these awful, disfiguring sex-change operations which I believe shouldn't even be legal.”

“It comes back to: what is the purpose of law?” LaBarbera asked. “Law used to be to restrain sin, that's the biblical purpose, but now it is flipped in American society and law is encouraging sin.”

“Of course, that's the brave new world we're all living in,” Mefferd added.