WHO drops 'transgenderism' from mental illnesses list

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED June 28, 2018 04:35 pm | UPDATED June 28, 2018 04:07 pm

(Inside Manila) Along with recognizing gaming disorder as a mental health condition, the World Health Organization (WHO) has also removed "gender incongruence" better known as transgenderism, or people who identified themselves opposite of their assigned gender, from the list of mental health illnesses.


Last June 18, WHO released its updated catalog of "International Classification for Disease". It discreetly re-categorized "gender incongruence" or transgenderism from “mental, behavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders” to "related sexual health".


The organization defines transgenderism as being "characterized by a marked and persistent incongruence between an individual’s experienced gender and the assigned sex."





 


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"We think it will reduce stigma so that it may help better social acceptance for these individuals," said Dr. Lale Say, coordinator of the adolescents and at-risk populations’ team at WHO.


WHO's reclassification decision was also made based after receiving feedback from various concerned communities as well as scientific researches to prove such.


The updated ICD-11 is set to be reviewed by the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for approval and shall take effect in January 2022.

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