The World Health Organization has officially decided to stop classifying transgender people as mentally ill.
nhk.or.jp reports that WHO member states adopted the new edition of the International Classification of Diseases during an annual assembly in Geneva on Saturday. It is the first update of the illness list in 29 years.
They now describe gender identity disorder as “gender incongruence” and it is no longer listed in the chapter of mental disorders.
The WHO says the right of people to receive medical services, such as surgical operations to make them sterile, should be guaranteed.
A representative from Denmark welcomed the latest changes, saying that it is a big step forward to allow everyone to lead a life with dignity.
The WHO hopes that the action will help to eliminate discrimination against transgender people and promote public understanding of them.
We suffered long enough under this classification as this video points out.. It is past time to free our hearts and minds! Thank you WHO!