A year ago, trans depathologization made a decisive step forward when the World Health Assembly confirmed what we always knew: being trans is not a pathology. We also knew that, decisive as it was, that step was far away from the end goal.
On World Mental Health Day, GATE joins the international call for universal access to mental healthcare and its coverage, to dismantle all human rights violations in psycho-medical institutions, and to ensure access to rehabilitation, truth and reparations to victims of such violations.
Human Rights Day calls us to renew our commitment to human rights globally. Ten years ago, GATE was formed to respond to that call. Today, GATE is proud to announce the formation of a permanent International Advisory Board to oversee GATE’s work.
On December 1st we commemorate World AIDS Day, to raise awareness around HIV and to remember and honor those who have died of AIDS-related illnesses. The theme for this year is Communities Make The Difference.
At the IAS 2019 Conference, one of the most disingenuous panels was the session titled “Perspectives of transgender women on HIV prevention and care”, featuring the voice of only one trans woman.
The IAS Conference 2019 is being held in Mexico City from 21-24 July, with the Community Forum from 20-21 July and the 4th LAC Platform Forum from 18-20 July. GATE will be attending all three events.
The inclusion of trans communities in the global HIV response is growing, and with it, a greater understanding of the necessity for differentiated service delivery, community-led services, and a holistic approach that integrates HIV and sexual health care with trans-related healthcare.
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.