'It’s time to move on from out-dated approaches to gender identity'

“On the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation, I welcome the World Health Organisation’s decision to remove transgender identities from the mental health disorders chapter of the new International Classification of Diseases – ICD 11,” said the Parliamentary Assembly’s General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI persons, Piet De Bruyn (Belgium, NR).

“Over many decades, the inaccurate categorisation of gender identity matters as mental health disorders has been a source of human rights violations, discrimination and suffering for trans people,” he observed. “This decision is therefore a crucial step in the right direction, and fully in line with the recommendations made by the Assembly in its Resolution 2048 (2015) on Discrimination against transgender people in Europe.”

“Nonetheless, important challenges remain for the future,” he added. “New classifications of gender incongruence included in ICD 11 must fully respect the rights of trans adults, adolescents and children, while ensuring that they have full access to legal gender recognition and to gender affirming healthcare.”