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.

Bill C-389

November 1, 2011

The two main objectives of the Bill C-389 are to provide:

1) explicit federal human rights protection on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression; and

2) the availability of greater moral and penal sanction for crimes committed against an individual because of the individual’s gender identity or gender expression.

De-psycho pathologisation…

June 13, 2010

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has prepared and released a statement urging the de-psychopathologisation of gender variance worldwide (May 26, 2010).

The statement is as follows:

“The WPATH Board of Directors strongly urges the de-psychopathologisation of gender variance worldwide. The expression of gender characteristics, including identities, that are not stereotypically associated with one’s assigned sex at birth is a common and culturally-diverse human phenomenon which should not be judged as inherently pathological or negative. The psychopathologlisation of gender characteristics and identities reinforces or can prompt stigma, making prejudice and discrimination more likely, rendering transgender and transsexual people more vulnerable to social and legal marginalisation and exclusion, and increasing risks to mental and physical well-being. WPATH urges governmental and medical professional organizations to review their policies and practices to eliminate stigma toward gender-variant people.”