WHO does not consider being trans a disorder

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The World Health Organization (WHO) will no longer consider being transgender as a mental health condition. The decision was approved on May 25th by the World Health Assembly, the WHO governing body that includes 194 countries. Human rights groups say that the reclassification could give people an easier route to legal approval of people’s true gender without medical certification. “The World Health Organization’s removal of ‘gender identity disorder’ from its diagnostic manual will have a liberating effect on transgender people worldwide,” said Graeme Reid, LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch, adding that medical systems of every separated country should be updated in consideration with the current social requirements. Reid argued that while mental health issues play no part in a person’s gender identity, the oppression of trans people can cause suffering. “Transgender people are fighting stigma and discrimination that can be traced in part to medical systems that have historically diagnosed expressions of gender non-conformity as a mental pathology,” he said.

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