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WHO Will Not Categorize Being Transgender As a Mental Health Disorder

WHO Will Not Categorize Being Transgender As a Mental Health Disorder”

The Human Rights Watch reported that the WHO governing body, World Health Assembly, representing 194 member states, voted for new diagnostic guidelines that will no longer categorise being gender nonconformity as a "mental disorder".

Human Rights Watch in a press release notes the World Health Assembly, the WHO governing body that represents the 194 countries that are members of the United Nations health organization, approved the removal of Gender Identity Disorder from its diagnostic manual.

A World Health Organization expert said it now understands transgender is "not actually a mental health condition".

Gender nonconformity is now also included in a chapter on sexual health. Here, the World Health Organization will use the term "gender incongruence" to describe people whose gender identity does not correspond with their gender assignment at birth.

In the previous version - ICD-10 - this was considered a gender identity disorder, in the chapter entitled mental and behavioural disorders.

'So in order to reduce the stigma, while also ensuring access to necessary health interventions, this was placed in a different chapter, ' he added.

LGBT rights director at the Human Rights Watch, Graeme Reid was quoted in media reports as saying, "The WHO's removal of "gender identity disorder" from its diagnostic manual will have a liberating effect on transgender people worldwide. With this move, the Indian government will have to make the changes in the medical systems and laws that require this now officially outdated diagnosis", said Dr. Zakirhusain Shaikh, assistant professor, Department of Community Medicine, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research.

"Today, we know that full depathologisation can be achieved and will be achieved in our lifetime". Many governments even require a diagnosis of "gender disorder" from a psychiatrist for a transgender person to change their name and gender marker.

Language, especially when it comes to gender, matters.

Yet other parts of the ICD were zoned in on by other minority groups. WHO's updated classification will be in effect by January 1, 2022.

A major improvement has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that will greatly benefit the transgender people around the world.

Knight added that there are accounts of transgender people in countries like Japan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Indonesia who opt out of undergoing legal recognition because of having to get a diagnosis of a mental disorder.

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