Sex & Gender

world health org says trans community isn’t mentally ill…duh?

May 31, 2019
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Wow. The World Health Organization (WHO) has finally removed “Gender Identity Disorder” from its classification of diseases. More specifically, this means that transgender people will no longer be categorized as having a mental disorder. This decision was approved by the World Health Assembly last week.

In the prior version (ICD-10), to be transgender was considered a gender identity disorder under the chapter for mental and behavioral disorders. This change comes as a way to change the narrative surrounding transgender people and to normalize their experiences. In addition to removing stigma, this will serve as a means to ensure access to necessary health interventions.  

While Human Rights Watch claim this change “will have a liberating affect in transgender people worldwide,” activists say that this is nowhere near perfect.

Countries have until January 2022 to conform to these WHO changes.