Statement on the UK Government’s decision to allow the continued abuse of trans and gender diverse people with ”conversion therapy”
The UK government has greenlit further exposure to cruel and damaging treatment to trans and gender diverse communities.
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The ICD-11 is to be voted in at the 72nd World Health Assembly. After moving trans-related categories out of the Chapter on Mental Health, the next steps in the process include getting rid of the remaining pathologizing language and advancing towards legal depathologization and universal health coverage.
In 2018, trans and gender diverse activists will come together twice in the space of 1 month to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) and to call for another International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization (October 21). This concurrence speaks loudly and clearly about the past, present and future of our communities and movements.
The unfolding news of the World Health Organization removing trans-related categories from the chapter on mental health at the International Classification of Diseases, while a welcome step forward in depathologization of trans identities, makes necessary for us to express our disagreement and discomfort with a rationale made explicit by WHO.
The signatories of this Statement are activists representing different trans regional networks and international initiatives. This year, the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization has a particular relevance for all our communities around the world: the largely due process of revision and reform of the tenth version of International Classification of Diseases will be completed next year.
This year’s International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization comes with an unstoppable energy!
Just yesterday Jonas Gunnarsson, the General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, declared that, “Outdated classifications of diseases at national and international levels should be removed. Transgender people’s access to medical care should be simple and stigma-free” (1) Gunnarsson’s statement reflects a growing consensus that transgender people should not be pathologized for their gender identity.