Transgender people are not mentally ill, the WHO announces
The World Health Organization has voted for a new classification forthe transgender people, CNN reported.
The term the WHO uses to describe them - "gender incongruence", is being moved to the panel's sexual health chapter from its mental disorders chapter, the WHO's legislative body has voted.
The WHO uses gender incongruence to describe people whose gender identity is different from the gender they were assigned at birth.
The new classification
The new standard of classification appears in the 11th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), which was adopted on the 1st of June by the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
It will go into effect on January 1, 2022.
The United Nations health agency announced the intended change last year.
"So, in order to reduce the stigma while also ensuring access to necessary health interventions, this was placed in a different chapter", commented last June Dr. Lale Say, coordinator of WHO's Adolescents and at-Risk Populations team.