WHO removes transgender as mental disorder
The World Health Organization has officially decided to stop classifying transgender people as mentally ill.
WHO member states adopted the new edition of the International Classification of Diseases during an annual assembly in Geneva on Saturday. It is the first update of the illness list in 29 years.
They now describe gender identity disorder as "gender incongruence" and it is no longer listed in the chapter of mental disorders.
A representative from Denmark welcomed the latest changes, saying that it is a big step forward to allow everyone to lead a life with dignity.
The WHO hopes that the action will help to eliminate discrimination against transgender people and promote public understanding of them.