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New Global Health Guidelines a Victory for Transgender People

Expand Revellers wave flags during a gay pride parade in downtown Madrid, Spain, July 2, 2016. © 2016 Reuters World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines published this week no longer describe gender non-conformity as a “mental disorder”—a major change that was the result of tireless advocacy by transgender activists around the world to update the WHO’s global manual of diagnoses.   Transgender people are fighting stigma and discrimination globally, much of which can be traced to a medical system that has historically diagnosed the desire to express one’s gender identity as mental pathology.…

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