Posts from — January 2012


January 2, 2012

WPATH, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, recently released Version 7 of its Standards of Care (SOC) at its Symposium in Atlanta, the first time that the SOC have been revised since 2001. The WPATH SOC are used by health care professionals internationally to guide their work with transgender people. Version 7 of the SOC represents a significant, positive shift in providing health care to transgender people.

The new SOC acknowledge that “gender dysphoria” may exist, and may be classified as a mental disorder in order to facilitate access to health care. However, transgender, transsexual, and gender non-conforming individuals are not inherently disordered, and gender dysphoria is not necessarily a life-time diagnosis.