Freitag, 1. März 2013

We Are Trans* Not Sick! ( #transsexuality #who #petition)

Gender is not an illness, its just a part of who I am, like being Jewish or vegetarian or sometimes talking too much! Considering transexual people as mentally ill serves only to contribute to their discrimination.

So many countries have requested WHO to remove transexuality from that list. Even the European Parliament in September 2011 adopted a resolution calling on the WHO to cease to consider transsexuality as a disease. But today transexuality is still there.

The WHO is revising the classification. It's time to say it loud and clear: transexuals are not sick. As was the case with homosexuality, which came out of that list in 1990, now is the time to stop stigmatising transexual people.

This doesn't mean that we should be excluded from the health system: pregnant women are not sick, but they have medical protocols and assistance. The same should happen with trans people. The WHO should actively be developing a classification that allows trans people to get the medical help them need to transition without depending on a mental health diagnosis that serves to stigmatise them.

October 20 marks the International Day of Action for Trans Despathologization. Join me in signing this petition and ask the World Health Organization to stop considering transsexual people like me as mentally ill.
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