World Health Organization Says Being Transgender is Not a Mental Illness

World Health Organization Says Being Transgender is Not a Mental Illness

The World Health Organization will no longer classify being transgender as a mental disorder. The United Nations health agency said that gender dysphoria will be now classified as a sexual-health condition.

According to Newsweek:

Gender incongruence is defined as a condition in which a person feels distressed because the gender they were assigned at birth according to their sex does not match their internal feelings: for example, a person with a penis who is biologically described as a boy despite their identifying as a girl. It is important to note that not every transgender person has gender incongruence.

The term is controversial as some argue it wrongly pathologizes the feelings of transgender people. However, others argue it is necessary in order for transgender people to seek treatment such as hormonal medications and surgeries.

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