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Archive for 'International'

WPATH updates their Standards of Care

Highlights and commentary from GID Reform:
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) released it’s 7th Version of Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People (SOC) in Atlanta today. The previous Version 6 was published in 2001. Overall, this newest SOC represents significant forward progress in respecting trans people [...]

Draft of DSM-V released

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has released the first draft of the diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).
The DSM is the standard reference used by professionals to diagnose gender identity issues.
There are a number of significant changes in the gender identity sections. Most prominently, it [...]

Canada supports UN declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity

On December 18, 2008, the UN General Assembly was presented with a declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity signed by 66 countries, including Canada.
According to Wikipedia:
The declaration condemns violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization, and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also condemns killings and executions, torture, arbitrary arrest, and deprivation of [...]

WPATH affirms treatment is “medically necessary”

In response to those insurance companies in the US that maintain SRS is a cosmetic procedure, WPATH (the org that maintains the Standard of Care) has issued a statement clearly affirming their position that SRS (and other procedures including hair removal for MTFs) are “medically necessary” and therefore insurable.
Read the complete statement here.

American Medical Association Affirms Right to Treatment

The American Medical Association recently passed the following resolution: Removing Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients
Whereas, Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a serious medical condition recognized as such in both the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Diseases; and
Whereas, GID, if left untreated, can result in clinically significant psychological [...]