Removing transgender identity from the classification of mental disorders: a Mexican field study for ICD-11

by Rebeca Robles, Ana Fresán, Hamid Vega-Ramírez et al.
The Lancet Psychiatry – Published Online July 26, 2016

10 pp. 110 kB

The conceptualisation of transgender identity as a mental disorder has contributed to precarious legal status, human rights violations, and barriers to appropriate health care among transgender people. This study provides additional support for classifying health-related categories related to transgender identity outside the classification of mental disorders in the ICD-11. The re-conceptualisation and related reclassification of transgender-related health conditions in the ICD-11 could serve as a useful instrument in the discussion of public health policies aimed at increasing access to appropriate services and reducing the victimisation of transgender people.

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