European parliament speaks about the mental health of transgender people

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STRASBOURG, FRANCE - MAY 12: A general view of the inside the European Parliament on May 12, 2016 in Strasbourg, France. The United Kingdom will hold a referendum on June 23, 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU), an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries, which allows members to trade together in a single market and provide free movement across it's borders for cirtizens. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The issue of the mental health among trans community was discussed in European Parliament after the numerous complains from the transgender and intersex people concerning the fact that transgender people are still considered to be mentally ill. The Parliament attacked that transgender people are still considered mentally ill, and highlights that this diagnoses “is a source of significant distress for transgender persons”. It adds that “every child should be able to safely explore their gender identity and expression”, without being subjected to harmful diagnostic practices. In many of the EU countries trans people have to be sterilized before being legally recognized according to their gender identity

The Parliament recognises that the medicalisation and pathologisation, combined with prejudice, stigmatisation and discrimination, may lead to mental heath troubles among trans and intersex people. Accordingly, the Parliament calls on the Commission and Member States to ensure that their mental health strategies address the “challenges . . . faced by LGBTI people” and it is necessary to take it into consideration creating the health programs, policies and protocols, and to allocate sufficient resources to ensure access to mental health services.

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