UN health agency abandons “gender identity disorder” as official diagnosis

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A demonstrator holds a rainbow flag during a demonstration of the Berlin-Brandenburg Lesbian and Gay Association in Berlin, Germany.

UN health agency abandons “gender identity disorder” as official diagnosis


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The update to the International Classification of Diseases has reclassified gender identity disorder, or identifying as transgender in terms of sexuality, and no longer listed it as a mental disorder.

This is a major win for transgender rights as moving the disorder into WHO’s new chapter for sexual health will also help lift discrimination, a major barrier to accessing prevention services, HIV testing and treatment.

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