Depathologization of trans non-binary transvestite identities

International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization has been held annually in different parts of the world since 2009.
This date was promoted by the international activist campaign “Stop Trans Pathologization” in order to raise awareness and make visible the consequences of the pathologization of these identities. At the same time, it seeks the elimination of the classifications “gender dysphoria” and “gender identity disorders” from medical diagnostic catalogs (such as DSM of the American Psychiatric Association and ICD of the World Health Organization), and to fight for access to comprehensive health care for trans people.

Other relevant demands that are part of this date include the removal of the diagnostic classification of trans children; the change of focus from the trans-specific health care model of evaluation to one based on informed consent or decision; the legal recognition of self-perceived gender without medical or judicial requirements; as well as the protection of trans people against discrimination and violence.

In Argentina, with the enactment of the Gender Identity Law (Law 26.743), progress has been made in many of the ways proposed within the framework of claims that accompany this day in the world. This law guarantees the right to gender identity from an approach that recognizes the dignity and autonomy of the person outside a pathologizing framework. Thus, the recognition of a person’s gender identity, the free development in accordance with that identity, including the right to integral health under the proposed model of informed consent and dignified treatment, are cornerstones of this law. At the same time, it recognizes this right for adults as well as for children and adolescents.

Source: “Efemérides y símbolos de diversidad sexual, Los derechos LGBTIQ son derechos humanos”

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