Thursday, 02 August 2018 21:19

The World Health Organization no longer considers gender dysphoria as a mental health disorder

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Good news! The World Health Organization (WHO) has finally stopped considering gender dysphoria, and thus being a transgender person, as a mental health disorder. WHO wants to fight stigma and discrimination of trans people around the world.

Gender dysphoria is a conflict between a person's birth sex and how that person experiences their gender. You can learn more about gender dysphoria with Cael's article on the subject here: Exploring Gender: Dealing with Dysphoria

"It was taken out of mental health disorders because we had a better understanding that this wasn't actually a mental health condition and leaving it there was causing stigma," said Dr. Lale Say, the coordinator of the WHO's Department of Reproductive Health and Research.

"So in order to reduce the stigma while also ensuring access to necessary health interventions, this was placed to a different chapter," she said.

Transgender Europe welcomed the change: "This is a historic achievement the global trans community has been fighting for over many years," they said in a statement. "It sets the fundament for a new era of reparation for done injustice and celebration of gender diversity."

What an important victory to see the World Health Organization no longer considering gender dysphoria as a mental health disorder.