“I don’t think there’s any country in the world in which trans people don’t have to live day after day with stigma,” says Sam Winter, a professor of sexology at Curtin University in Australia and one of the study's authors. "They're living with the stigma, everything that comes out of the stigma, and it really does have an impact on their lives." So how can doctors mitigate that stigma? The answer, according to the researchers, might actually be simple: change the way the medical community diagnoses transgender people.
... categorizing transgender people as having mental disorders does more
harm than good, because it suggests there's something wrong with being
trans. Winter and the other authors say the diagnosis contributes to the
The authors might soon get their wish. The WHO manual is being
updated in 2018, and a WHO working group, of which Winter was a part,
has recommended that the next version replace transsexualism, dual-role
transvestism, and gender identity disorder of childhood with "gender
incongruence," and define it as a condition "related to sexual health”
as opposed to a mental health disorder.
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