World Health Organization Removes "Gender Nonconformity" as Mental Diagnosis
A Game Changing Move from the UN’s Health Organization
Good news! Major update to World Health Organization guidelines.@WHO removes “Gender Identity Disorder” diagnosis – time for governments worldwide to update laws and procedures to respect transgender people’s rights: https://t.co/QvAD9IHdtm pic.twitter.com/NF8YHb9pBa— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) May 28, 2019
The World Health Organization (WHO) is to no longer classifying “Gender Identity Disorder“ as an accepted diagnosis.
A Human Rights Watch spokesperson celebrated the UN’s WHO change on Twitter, “liberating effect on transgender people worldwide.”
A newly update Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) from the WHO has changed “gender identity disorder” to “gender incongruence” (a.ka. gender dysphoria) and moved it into chapter on sexual health from the chapter on mental disorders.
ICD-11 defines Gender incongruence as “marked incongruence between an individual’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned sex.”
It’s a game-changer for trans people—especially youths—across the globe. They should soon be able to seek real medical attention without the risk of being marked down as mentally ill.