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August 1, 2017   

STP launches the Call to Action
 for the International Day of Action
for Trans Depathologization 2017

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, announces the date for this year's International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, which will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017. As in previous years, we invite activist groups from all over the world to organize activities in support of trans depathologization.

The slogan of the 2017 Call to Action is:

Stop Trans Pathologization Worldwide 

If you would like to receive further information and/or participate in the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2017, please contact us at: stp2012@gmail.com.

This year will be the last last Call to Action of the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization launched by STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization.

We invite you to continue celebrating October 21 as the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization in upcoming years, and to continue working for trans depathologization.

Stop Trans Pathologization Worldwide!

February 1, 2017

Joint Statement on Trans Meeting

with the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity


Trans activists from 5 continents met with the newly-appointed UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI), Dr. Vitit Muntarbhorn, on 26 January 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland to bring special attention to the issues facing trans and gender diverse people and communities around the world. This was a historic meeting. It was the first discussion convened specifically by and for trans-led organisations in order to interact with UN Special Procedures. The IE SOGI mandate has experienced significant challenges since it was created by the Human Rights Council in June 2016, surviving three close votes in the UN General Assembly aiming at deferring it indefinitely.

“This meeting, the first of its kind focused only on trans issues and gender identity with a UN Special Procedure, is a vital step in the global movement for trans rights”, says Mauro Cabral, Executive Director of Global Action for Trans Equality.  Ricky Nathanson, from the Southern Africa Trans Forum adds, “We are encouraged by the Independent Expert’s engagement and look forward to continued interactions as he works to fulfill his mandate.”

The undersigned attended the meeting with the Independent Expert and are committed to continued support of the mandate to help ensure that Gender Identity is holistically addressed in the Expert’s work equally alongside Sexual Orientation. We encourage our partners, trans activists, and trans communities to continue to be vocal in contacting the UN IE SOGI - our voices count!

Signed by:
Mauro Cabral, Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE)
EriKa Castellanos, C-NET+, Collaborative Network of People Living with HIV
Zhan Chiam, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)
Julia Ehrt, Transgender Europe (TGEU)
Micah Grzywnowicz, Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights (RFSL)
Aizhan Kadralieva, Labrys (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organization)
Ricky Nathanson, Southern Africa Trans Forum
Kemal Ordek, Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association (Kırmızı Şemsiye)
Cianán B. Russell, Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN)
Amets Suess, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization (STP)

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October 22, 2016

Press Release
International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2016

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization

The International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2016, convened by STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, takes place today, on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Over 120 actions for trans depathologization were organized today and throughout the entire month of October in 45 cities of different world regions, including international activities, under the slogan Stop Pathologizing Gender and Bodily Diversity”.  

For reading the complete Press Release published by STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization:

In English:
PDF 
In Spanish:
PDF
 

August 9, 2016:

STP launches the Call to Action
for the International Day of Action
for Trans Depathologization 2016

 

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, announces the date for this year's International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, which will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016. As in previous years, we invite activist groups from all over the world to organize demonstrations or other actions in support of trans depathologization.

The slogan of the 2016 Call to Action is:

Stop Pathologizing Gender and Bodily Diversity

If you would like to receive further information or participate in the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2016, please contact us at: contact@stp2012.info or stp2012@gmail.com.

23. Juni 2016:

STP auf dem WPATH Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam

STP, Internationale Kampagne  Stop Trans Pathologization nahm vom 17.-21. Juni 2016 am WPATH Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam teil, organisiert von WPATH, World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Programm.

7. Juni 2016:

STP auf dem 6th European Transgender Council in Bologna

STP, Internationale Kampagne Stop Trans Pathologization nahm vom 2.-5. Juni 2016 am 6th European Transgender Council in Bologna teil, organisiert von TGEU, Transgender Europe. Programm.

October 24, 2015:

Press Release
International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2015

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization

The International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2015, convened by STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization[1], takes place today, Saturday, October 24, 2015. Over 100 actions for trans depathologization[2] were organized in 45 cities of different world regions, as well as international activities, throughout today and the entire month of October under the slogan Stop Trans Pathologization - Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood”. Furthermore, to this day 397 activist groups and networks, public institutions and political organizations in six continents, as well as numerous individuals, have declared their support to STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization[3].

Every October, activist groups worldwide organize activities for trans depathologization to demand the removal of the diagnostic classification of gender transition as a ‘mental disorder’ and to claim state-funded access to a trans health care of the highest attainable quality. Other relevant demands include the removal of the diagnostic classification of gender diversity in childhood, a shift in trans health care from the current assessment model to one based on informed decision making, the legal recognition of name and gender marker without medical requirements, as well as the protection of trans people against discrimination and transphobic violence.

Currently, trans depathologization activism is focused on the revision process of the ICD, International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, published by the WHO, World Health Organization. The expected approval date of ICD-11 by the World Health Assembly is 2018[4].

As noted in former press releases[5],[6], we consider the removal of trans-specific categories from ‘Mental and behavioural disorders’ Chapter and inclusion of a trans-specific category in the ‘Conditions related to sexual health’ Chapter in the ICD-11 Beta Draft[7] to be an important advancement.

However, we are concerned about the continued diagnostic classification of gender diversity in childhood in the ICD-11 Beta Draft, by means of the ‘Gender incongruence in childhood’ category. We believe that children with gender expressions and identities that differ from their gender assigned at birth do not require a diagnostic category, but an environment open to gender diversity, including fluid and non-binary options. In order for children, parents or other community members who need psychological support services to be able to access these, we suggest the use of so-called Z codes (codes in the ‘Factors influencing health status and contact with health services’ Chapter)[8],[9].

The Ferrara Report[10], recently published by the European Parliament, recommends the removal of the diagnostic classification of gender diversity in childhood from the ICD.

The European Parliament (...),
90. Welcomes the initiative shown by the Commission in pushing for depathologisation of transgender identities in the review of the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases (ICD); calls on the Commission to intensify efforts to prevent gender variance in childhood from becoming a new ICD diagnosis;
(European Parliament 2014: 3, 31)


We demand that the WHO, World Health Organization removes the ‘Gender incongruence of childhood’ diagnostic category from ICD-11 Beta Draft.

Furthermore, we recommend that the WHO continues working on the terminology and approach used in the new category ‘Gender incongruence in adolescence and adulthood’ in order to avoid the implied psychopathological bias of the term ‘Gender incongruence’. As mentioned in previous reflection documents and press releases[11],[12], we strongly suggest the use of a descriptive terminology for the diagnostic category addressing adolescents and adults who wish to engage in gender-affirming body modification processes, such as ‘Trans Health Care’ or ‘Health Care related to Gender Transition’.

Finally, we would like to highlight the recent advancements that have taken place regarding legal gender recognition processes. Following the Argentinian Gender Identity Law[13] precedent, in the last year and a half gender recognition laws without medical requirements have been approved in Denmark[14], Malta[15], Colombia[16] and Ireland[17]. These laws establish a new standard to be followed in terms of legal gender recognition. However, in most countries throughout the world, legal name and gender marker changes are still illegal, pending on Court processes or subject to requirements such as diagnosis, hormonal therapy, genital surgery, sterilization and/or divorce, thus violating the right to recognition before the law and the right to bodily integrity.

For this reason, we demand the modification of existing gender identity laws and the approval of new laws in order to facilitate gender recognition processes without medical requirements or civil status requisites.

This year, activities for trans depathologization have been celebrated worldwide once again. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the groups, networks and organizations in different world regions that have participated in the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2015.

Stop Trans Pathologization! Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood!

Coordination Team of STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, October 24, 2015.

 www.stp2012.info

PDF version: www.stp2012.info/STP_Press_Release_October2015.pdf


[1] STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. STP launches the Call to Action for the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2015, July 26, 2015. Available at: http://www.stp2012.info/old/en/news#call_to_action2015

[2] STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Acciones Octubre 2015 / October 2015 Actions. Accesible at: http://www.stp2012.info/old/en/press#october2015_actions

[3] STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Support. Accesible at: http://www.stp2012.info/old/en/supports

[4] WHO, World Health Organization. The International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision is due by 2018. Available at: http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/revision/en/

[5] GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality, STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. GATE and STP Press Release: New Developments in the ICD Revision Process, August 19, 2014. Available at: http://www.stp2012.info/old/en/news#information_ICD_revision_process

[6] STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. STP Press Release: International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2014. Available at: http://www.stp2012.info/STP_Press_Release_October_2014.pdf

[7] World Health Organization. ICD-11 Beta Draft, ‘Gender incongruence’. Available at: http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd11/browse/l-m/en#/http%3a%2f%2fid.who.int%2ficd%2fentity%2f411470068

[8] STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Reflections from STP regarding the ICD revision process and publication of the DSM-5, August 1, 2013. Available at: http://www.stp2012.info/STP_Communique_August2013.pdf

[9] GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality. Critique and Alternative Proposal to the “Gender Incongruence of Childhood” Category in ICD-11. GATE Civil Society Expert Working Group Buenos Aires, April 4-6, 2013. Available at: http://globaltransaction.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/critique-and-alternative-proposal-to-the-_gender-incongruence-of-childhood_-category-in-icd-11.pdf

[10] European Parliament, Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union. A8-0230/2015, 22 July 2015. Available at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bREPORT%2bA8-2015-0230%2b0%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN

[11] STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Reflections from STP regarding the ICD revision process and publication of the DSM-5, August 1, 2013. Available at: http://www.stp2012.info/STP_Communique_August2013.pdf

[12] STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. STP Press Release: International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2014. Available at: http://www.stp2012.info/STP_Press_Release_October_2014.pdf

[13] Congreso Argentino. Identidad de Género. Ley 26.743. Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina Nº 32.404, 24 de mayo de 2012. Available at: http://www4.hcdn.gov.ar/BO/boletin12/2012-05/BO24-05-2012leg.pdf

[14] Government of Denmark. Forslag til Lov om ændring af lov om Det Centrale Personregister (Tideling af nyt personnummer til personer, der oplever sig som tilhørende det andet køn) L 182. Vedtaget af Folketinget ved 3. behandling den 11. juni 2014. Available at: http://www.ft.dk/RIpdf/samling/20131/lovforslag/L182/20131_L182_som_vedtaget.pdf  

[15] Government of Malta. ACT No. XI of 2015. Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, 2015. Available at: http://justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lp&itemid=26805&l=1  

[16] Ministerio de Justicia y del Derecho, República de Colombia. Decreto 1227, Por el cual se adiciona una sección al Decreto 1069 de 2015, Único Reglamentario del Sector Justicia y del Derecho, relacionada con el trámite para corregir el componente sexo en el Registro del Estado Civil, 4 de junio de 2015. Available at: http://www.minjusticia.gov.co/Portals/0/Ministerio/decreto%20unico/%23%20decretos/1.%20DECRETO%202015-1227%20sexo%20c%C3%A9dula.pdf

[17] Houses of the Oireachtas. Gender Recognition Act 2015, 22nd July, 2015. Available at: http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2015/act/25/enacted/en/pdf

July 26, 2015:

STP launches the Call to Action
for the International Day of Action
for Trans Depathologization 2015

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, announces the date for this year's International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, which will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015. As in previous years, we invite activist groups from all over the world to organize demonstrations or other actions in support of trans depathologization.

The slogan of the 2015 Call to Action is:

Stop Trans Pathologization - Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood


If you would like to receive further information or participate in the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2015, please contact us at: contact@stp2012.info or stp2012@gmail.com.

October 19, 2014:

Press Release

 International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2014 
STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization


 


The International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2014, convened by STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization1, took place on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Within the framework of this Call to Action, 108 groups and organizations coordinated more than 90 actions for trans depathologization in 45 cities
2 of different world regions throughout this day and the entire month of October under the slogan Stop Trans Pathologization - Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood – For the Diversity of Gender Expressions and Identities”. Furthermore, to date 390 groups, organizations and activist networks in six continents, as well as numerous individuals have declared their support of STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization3.

 

The International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2014 is the sixth edition of this Call to Action, celebrated each year since 2009 on an international level with the objective of demanding the removal of the diagnostic classification of gender transition as a ‘mental disorder’ and claiming state-funded access to a trans health care of the highest attainable quality. Other relevant demands include the removal of the diagnostic classification of gender diversity in childhood, the change of the trans health care model from the current assessment model towards an approach based on informed decision making, the legal recognition of name and gender without medical requirements, as well as the protection of trans people against discrimination and transphobic violence.


In relation to the revision process of the ICD, International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, developed by the WHO, World Health Organization, we evaluate positively 1. The removal of trans-specific categories from the chapter ‘Mental and behavioural disorders’, and 2. The publication of the proposal of new trans-specific categories, elaborated by the WHO Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health
4, in the ICD-11 Beta Draft5.

  

In order to facilitate public coverage, STP proposes the inclusion of a non-pathologizing mention of trans health care in the ICD-11, as a health care process not based on disease or disorder. We consider the inclusion of a new trans-specific category addressing adolescents and adults in the ICD-11 Beta Draft chapter ‘Conditions related to sexual health’ to meet our proposal in part. However, we are still concerned with regards to 1. The presence of pathologizing categories in the chapter ‘Conditions related to sexual health’, 2. The use of the concept ‘Gender incongruence’ in the title and the definition of the new trans-specific categories, and 3. The continued inclusion of a diagnostic classification of gender diversity in childhood, under the title ‘Gender incongruence of childhood’. 

  

We continue to demand the complete removal of the diagnostic classification of gender diversity in childhood, as mentioned in former press releases and reflective texts6,7,8. In order to avoid the pathologizing connotations of the concept ‘Gender incongruence’, we propose the use of a descriptive language in the title and definition of a new trans-specific category addressing adolescents and adults (using a concept such as ‘Trans Health Care’ of ‘Health Care related to Gender Transition’). Finally, we suggest giving a non-pathologizing approach to the chapter ‘Conditions related to sexual health’, according to the definition of ‘sexual health’ established by the WHO, World Health Organization9.

 

We would like to highlight that the removal of the trans-specific categories from the chapter ‘Mental and behavioural disorders’ in the ICD-11 Beta Draft, as well as the inclusion of new trans-related categories in the chapter ‘Conditions related to sexual health’ have proposal status, and therefore are still subject to changes and pending approval of ICD-11 by the World Health Assembly, expected in 201710. 

  

While we identify some recent advancements in the field of trans rights and trans depathologization, we nevertheless continue to observe situations of pathologization, psychiatrization, discrimination and social exclusion of trans people worldwide, including a high level of exposure to transphobic violence and institutional ill-treatment. For these reasons, we continue to view trans depathologization activism as relevant, not only in providing critical knowledge to the revision processes of diagnostic manuals, but also in working through broader social change towards societies that are welcoming of gender diversity. 

  

We would like to express our deepest acknowledgment to the groups and organizations in different world regions which, once more, have participated in the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization. 

  

Stop Trans Pathologization! Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood!  For the Diversity of Gender Expressions and Identities! 

  

Coordination Team of STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, October 18, 2014. 

 

PDF: www.stp2012.info/STP_Press_Release_October_2014.pdf

  


 

1 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. STP launches the Call to Action for the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2014, August 4, 2014. http://www.stp2012.info/old/en/news#call_to_action2014 (retrieved: October 18, 2014). 

2 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Acciones Octubre 2014 / October 2014 Actions.
http://stp2012.info/old/en/press#october2014_actions
 (retrieved October 18, 2014). 

3 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Support. 
http://stp2012.info/old/en/supports
 (retrieved: October 18, 2014). 

4 See: Drescher J, Cohen-Kettenis P, Winter S. Minding the body: Situating gender identity diagnoses in the ICD-11. International Review of Psychiatry, December 2012;24(6):568-577. 

5 WHO, World Health Organization (2014). ICD-11 Beta Draft. 

http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd11/browse/l-m/en (retrieved: October 18, 2014). 

6 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization (2013a). Reflections from STP regarding the ICD revision process and publication of the DSM-5, August 1, 2013. 

http://stp2012.info/STP_Communique_August2013.pdf (retrieved: October 18, 2014). 

7 STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization (2013b). International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2013. Press Release of STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, October 19, 2013.
http://www.stp2012.info/STP_Press_Release_October2013.pdf (retrieved: October 18, 2014). 

8 GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality; STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization (2014). New Developments in the ICD Revision Process, August 19, 2014. 

http://www.stp2012.info/old/en/news#information_ICD_revision_process (retrieved: October 18, 2014). 

9 Sexual health: Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled” (WHO 2006: 5). WHO, World Health Organization (2006). Defining sexual health. Report of a technical consultation on sexual health 28-31 January 2002, Geneva. Geneva: WHO, 2006. 

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/sexual_health/defining_sexual_health.pdf (retrieved: October 18, 2014). 

10 WHO, World Health Organization (2014). The International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision is due by 2017.http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/revision/en/

August 19, 2014:

New Developments

in the ICD Revision Process 

 

GATE (Global Action for Trans* Equality) and STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization report that the World Health Organization (WHO) has published online its proposals on trans* health in the ICD-11 Beta Draft (http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd11/browse/l-m/en).

 

The publication includes the two new categories proposed by the WHO Working Group: 'Gender incongruence of adolescence and adulthood' and 'Gender incongruence of childhood'. Both categories are part of a new chapter of ICD-11: Chapter 06 'Conditions related to sexual health'This means that for the first time in history the WHO includes trans* issues in a separate chapter to the chapter on 'Mental and behavioural disorders’. Despite the challenges of both the new categories and the new chapter, we can celebrate this small step in the long struggle for depathologization.

 

The inclusion of these categories in a new chapter does not mean that reform is approved, as the ICD-11 will only be voted by the World Health Assembly in 2017 (scheduled). However, it means that WHO has addressed the historic claim of the trans* movement, and that further developments will also be possible.

 

We still have much work ahead. It is necessary to analyze and discuss collectively the category of 'Gender incongruence' and its risks of re-pathologizing trans* issues in ICD-11. It is also essential to continue to insist that health access and gender identity recognition are human rights and that their realization must not depend on diagnostic categories. It is necessary to consider the very construction of the proposed chapter, to advance towards the depathologization of body diversity, and break the association between trans* health issues and other pathologizing categories. We must ensure that the new version of ICD does not reproduce gender stereotypes. And above all, we must work together to avoid the inclusion of the category of 'Gender incongruence of childhood’ in ICD-11.

 

The addition  of Chapter 06 'Conditions related to sexual health’ in ICD-11 Beta Draft is very recent and, according to information provided by WHO, its contents could vary in the upcoming days. We invite all of you to join this process, to contact us and participate in the various activities that will take place in the next weeks, - and, as always, to go out on October 18, International Day of Action for Trans* Depathologization, to say NO to the pathologization of gender diversity in childhood and to say YES to trans* depathologization.

 

GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality

 

Coordination Team of STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization

 

Background Information: PDF


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Contact information

 

GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality

Mauro Cabral

Email: mcabral@transactivists.org

Skype: mauro.cabral

Phone: +54 (9) 1165806999

www.transactivists.org

 

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization

Amets Suess

Email: contact@stp2012.infostp2012@gmail.com 

Skype: stoptranspathologization

www.stp2012.info

August 4, 2014:

 STP launches the Call to Action
for the International Day of Action
for Trans Depathologization 2014


STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, announces the date for this year's International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, which will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, and invites, as in previous years, activist groups from throughout the world to organize demonstrations or other actions in support of trans depathologization.

The slogan of the 2014 Call to Action is:

Stop Trans Pathologization - Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood - For the Diversity of Gender Expressions and Identities

If you would like to receive further information or to participate in the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2014, please contact us at: contact@stp2012.info or stp2012@gmail.com.

6. Mai 2014:

STP auf dem 5thEuropean Transgender Council “Trans*: Safe & Equal” in Budapest

STP, Internationale Kampagne Stop Trans Pathologization. nahm vom 1.-4. Mai 2014 an dem 5th European Transgender Council “Trans*: Safe & Equal” in Budapest teil, organisiert von TGEU, Transgender Europe. Programm.

20. Februar 2014:

STP auf dem WPATH Symposium Transgender Health from Global Perspectives in Bangkok

STP, Internationale Kampagne Stop Trans Pathologization, nahm vom 14.-18. Februar 2014 an dem WPATH Symposium Transgender Health from Global Perspectives in Bangkok teil, organisiert von WPATH, World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Programm.

October 19, 2013:

International Day of Action
for Trans Depathologization 2013

 
Press Release of STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization,
 October 19, 2013

The International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2013 took place on Saturday, October 19, 2013, called to action by STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. On this day and throughout the month of October, more than 100 actions for trans depathologization were organized in 48 cities worldwide, among them demonstrations, political rallies, conferences, discussion forums, information activities, workshops, film screenings, theatre, performances, music events, photography actions and murals. Activities from different world regions were focused on this year’s slogan, “Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood”.

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization is an international activist initiative that works for the depathologization of trans gender expressions, trajectories and identities. STP is supported by more than 370 groups, organizations and networks in six continents, as well as numerous individual supporters. In the past seven years, during each month of October coordinated activities for trans depathologization have been organized in cities of different countries, and in the past five years these have been under the title STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Since 2009, the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization has been celebrated in a total of 137 different cities of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania, in many of them more than once.   

The Call to Action 2013 of the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization was launched under the slogan “Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood”, with the objective to express concern regarding the continued diagnostic classification of gender diversity in childhood and the presence of dynamics of medicalization, pathologization and psychiatrization of non-normative gender expressions in childhood, observed in the health care, educational and social contexts.   

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization demands the removal of the proposal of including a category of “Gender Incongruence of Children” / “Gender Incongruence of Childhood” in the ICD-11, the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 11th Revision, World Health Organization (WHO). This proposal of inclusion is announced in two recent articles published by members of the WHO working group in charge of reviewing the trans-specific categories in the ICD (Drescher, Cohen-Kettenis, Winter, 2012; Drescher 2013). STP also demands the elimination of the category “Gender Dysphoria in Children” from the DSM-5, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric Association (for a more detailed reflection on a diagnostic classification related to gender diversity in childhood: see STP Communiqué “Reflections from STP regarding the ICD Revision Process and DSM Publication”, August 2013).

Furthermore, STP demands the right to free gender exploration and expression. The Campaign recommends avoiding a medicalization of gender diversity in childhood and proposes to work towards a recognition of gender expressions which differ from the social expectations related to the birth-assigned gender in family, social and educational contexts, a respect of fluid and non-binary gender expressions and identities, as well as a provision of support to children with non-normative gender expressions in situations of discrimination and transphobia.

Meanwhile, the main demands of STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization remain standing, among them the removal of the diagnostic categories ‘Gender Dysphoria’ / ‘Gender Identity Disorders’ and ‘Transvestic Disorder’ / ‘Fetishistic Transvestism’ from the diagnostic manuals DSM and ICD, public coverage of trans health care, as well as the substitution of the current assessment model by an approach focused on autonomy, informed decision making and accompaniment. With the aim of facilitating state-funded coverage, STP proposes the introduction of a non-pathologizing reference of trans health care in the ICD-11, as a health care process not based on illness or mental disorder. Moreover, STP demands the removal of medical requirements from existing gender identity laws, as well as the approval of new gender recognition laws based on a depathologization and human rights perspective. 

After the DSM-5 publication and while the ICD revision is still in process, the demand of depathologizing trans gender expressions, trajectories and identities in general, and specifically gender diversity in childhood, acquires a specific relevance.  

The Coordination Team of STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, would like to thank all groups, organizations, activist networks and individuals for their participation in the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2013.  

Stop Trans Pathologization! 
Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood!
 

Coordination Team of STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, October 19, 2013 
www.stp2012.info


Spanish Version: PDF
English Version: PDF

20. August 2013

STP auf dem internationalen Seminar Desfazendo Gênero: Subjetividade, Cidadania e Transfeminismo in Natal, Brasilien

STP, Internationale Kampagne Stop Trans Pathologization nahm vom 14.-16. August 2013 an dem Internationalen Seminar Desfazendo Gênero: Subjetividade, Cidadania e Transfeminismo in Natal, Brasilien, teil, organisiert von Núcleo Interdisciplinar de Estudos em Diversidade Sexual, Gênero e Direitos Humanos, Universidad Federal do Rio do Norte.

August 1, 2013:

STP launches the Call to Action 
for the International Day of Action 
for Trans Depathologization 
and the Publication of a New Communiqué
 

 

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, announces the date for this year's International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, which will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013, and invites, as in previous years, activist groups from throughout the world to organize demonstrations and other actions in support of trans depathologization.

The slogan of the 2013 Call for Action is “Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood”.

In addition, we would like to inform you of the publication of a new STP communiqué, in which we reflect on the diagnostic classification of gender diversity in childhood, the ICD revision process and the DSM-5 publication:

Spanish version: “Reflexiones de STP sobre el proceso de revisión de la CIE y la publicación del DSM-5”

English version: “Reflections from STP regarding the ICD revision process and publication of the DSM-5”

If you would like to receive further information or to participate in this international day of mobilization, please contact us at: contact@stp2012.info.

15. Juli 2013

STP auf den Conférences Internationales sur les Transidentités in Marseille

STP, Internationale Kampagne Stop Trans Pathologization nahm am 13. Juli 2013 an den Conférences Internationales sur les Transidentités in Marseille teil, organisiert von Observatoire des Transidentités (ODT), OUTrans, Planning familial des Bouches-du-Rhônes, Santé Active et Solidaire, AIDES und Arc-en-ciel (Toulouse), im Rahmen des Europride 2013.

8. April 2013

STP auf dem GATE Civil Society Expert Working Group Meeting in Buenos Aires

STP, Internationale Kampagne Stop Trans Pathologization, nahm vom 4.-6. April 2013 an dem GATE Civil Society Expert Working Group Meeting in Buenos Aires teil, organisiert von GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality mit dem Ziel, Empfehlungen für den Revisionsprozess trans-spezifischer Kategorien in der ICD, Internationale statistische Klassifikation der Krankheiten und verwandter Gesundheitsprobleme zu entwickeln.

Die Ergebnisse dieses Treffens können in dem folgenden, von GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality veröffentlichten Dokument nachgelesen werden: Critique and Alternative Proposal to the Gender Incongruence of Childhood” Category in ICD-11.

12. Januar 2013

STP Kommuniqué: “Recent Developments related to the DSM and ICD Revision Processes”

 Das Koordinationsteam der Internationalen Kampagne Stop Trans Pathologization kündigt die Veröffentlichung des Kommuniqués “Recent Developments related to the DSM and ICD Revision Processes” an.

Spanische Version: PDF
Englische Version: PDF

17. Dezember 2012

STP 2012 nahm an der Trans-Vorkonferenz und an der ILGA Weltkonferenz in Stockholm teil

STP 2012 nahm an der Trans-Vorkonferenz und an der ILGA Weltkonferenz in Stockholm teil, die vom 10. – 16. Dezember in Stockholm stattfanden (Programm).

STP 2012 unterstützt die von den Konferenzteilnehmer_innen angenommene Erklärung "ILGA World Conference condemns attacks on rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people".

October 20, 2012

International Day of Action
for Trans Depathologization 2012:
More than 100 Actions Worldwide

STP 2012 Press Release, October 20, 2012

On October 20, 2012, International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, actions for trans depathologization took place in different regions worldwide, within the annual call of action of STP 2012, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization.

Specifically, this ‘Trans October’ included over 100 activities in 48 cities of different continents, organized by more than 80 activist groups and organizations. Furthermore, to date more than 350 groups, networks and organizations from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania, as well as numerous individuals, have declared their support for SP 2012. 

STP 2012 demands the removal of the diagnostic categories ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ and ‘Transvestic Fetishism’ / ‘Fetishistic Transvestism’ from the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) published by the American Psychiatric Association, and from the ICD (International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems), edited by the WHO, World Health Organization. Furthermore, this campaign calls for state-funded coverage of trans health care, as well as the substitution of the current evaluation model for accessing trans-specific treatments, for an approach based on autonomy and informed decision making. With the aim of facilitating state-funded coverage, STP 2012 proposes the introduction of a non-pathologizing reference of trans health care in the ICD-11, as a health care process not based on illness or mental disorder. Furthermore, the International Campaign STP 2012 demands the removal of medical requirements from existing gender identity laws, as well as the approval of new gender recognition laws based on a depathologization and human rights perspective.

The activist movement for trans depathologization is in a decisive moment: the publication of the DSM-5 is planned for 2013, and the ICD revision process is currently in process, with the publication of the 11th version announced for 2015.

Over the past few years, the demand for trans depathologization has achieved an increasing recognition from activist networks, professional associations, governments, as well as international bodies. At the same time, trans people continue to be exposed to situations of pathologization, psychiatrization, discrimination, social exclusion and transphobic violence. Finally, the current situation of economic crisis encloses new risks for a loss of citizenship rights and an increase of social inequalities.

For these reasons, the demands of STP 2012 and the activists groups from different world regions that participated in the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2012 are more pressing than ever.  

¡Stop Trans Pathologization!

STP 2012, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization, October 20, 2012

English version: STP 2012 Press Release October 2012
Spanish version: Nota de prensa STP 2012 Octubre 2012

14. Juli 2012:

STP 2012
kündigt den Aufruf des Internationalen Aktionstags für Trans* Entpathologisierung und die Veröffentlichung von zwei Texten an

STP 2012, Internationale Trans Stop Pathologization Kampagne, kündigt das Datum des nächsten Internationalen Aktionstags für Trans* Entpathologisierung an, der am Samstag, 20. Oktober 2012 stattfinden wird, und lädt, wie in den letzten Jahren, Gruppen aus der ganzen Welt dazu ein, Demonstrationen und andere Aktionen für Trans* Entpathologisierung zu organisieren.

Wenn Ihr mehr Information erhalten möchtet, oder Interesse habt, an diesem Internationalen Aktionstag teilzunehmen, schreibt uns bitte an: contact@stp2012.info.

STP 2012 kündigt außerdem die Veröffentlichung von zwei Texten an, die von dem Koordinationsteam von STP 2012 erarbeitet wurden. Die Texte sind auf Spanisch und Englisch verfügbar:

Version auf Spanisch (PDF):
Reflexiones sobre el proceso de revisión de la CIE desde una perspectiva de despatologización y derechos humanos
Reflexiones sobre los SOC-7

Version auf Englisch (PDF):
Reflections on the ICD Revision Process from a Depathologization and Human Rights Perspective
Reflections on the SOC-7



5. Mai 2012:

Erklärung von STP 2012 in Unterstützung von Occupy the American Psychiatric Association

Am 5. Mai 2012 veröffentlichte STP 2012 die folgende Erklärung in Unterstützung von Occupy the American Psychiatric Association:

Stop Trans* Pathologization (STP) 2012 Statement in solidarity of
Occupy the American Psychiatric Association!

Over the past few years, we have observed a growing inclusion of trans* depathologization issues in national and international human rights political agendas. While observing a growing support to the Stop Trans* Pathologization 2012 Campaign's main depathologization demands from activists and professionals, and an increased presence of this issue in international political agendas, we are also noticing a lack of translation of these statements of interest into actual changes in the health and legal situations of trans people in various regions around the world. Thus, trans people’s experiences continue to be characterized by a logic of pathologization.
The Stop Trans* Pathologization 2012 Campaign notes, with concern, that despite recent modifications in the latest version of the DSM-V draft, trans* expressions, trajectories and identities continue to be classified as mental health issues, both through the diagnostic criteria of “gender dysphoria” and “transvestic disorder.”
In addition, we also observe the persistence of pathologizing situations in trans* persons’ daily lives, both in legal and health arenas. In many countries around the world, trans* people have no access to good quality, state-covered trans-specific healthcare. In countries where the public health system does include trans*-specific healthcare, access to services is often bound to psychiatric or medical monitoring.
Considering this constant categorization of trans* identities as pathological and its strong connection to stigmatization, social exclusion and transphobic violence, STP 2012 will continue to demand declassification of trans* expressions, trajectories, identities and bodies in the contexts of healthcare, law and social arenas. Due to the imminent release date of the next edition of the DSM, it is of utmost urgency that we lobby for trans* depathologization now!

STP 2012, International Campaign Stop Trans* Pathologization May, 2012

Die Erklärung ist auch hier verfügbar.

21. November 2011

STP 2012 auf dem GATE Expert Meeting
in Den Haag

STP 2012, Internationale Kampagne Stop Trans Pathologization, nahm vom 16.-18. November 2011 an dem Expert Meeting in Den Haag teil, organisiert von GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality mit dem Ziel, Empfehlungen für den Revisionsprozess trans-spezifischer Kategorien in der ICD, Internationale statistische Klassifikation der Krankheiten und verwandter Gesundheitsprobleme zu entwickeln.

Die Ergebnisse dieses Treffens können in dem folgenden, von GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality veröffentlichten Dokument nachgelesen werden: It’s time for reform. Trans* Health Issues in the International Classifications of Diseases.

2. November 2011:

Gemeinsame Presserklärung (IGLHRC, COC Netherlands, GATE, ILGA-Europe, TGEU, ARC International, STP 2012):

 Human Rights Leaders Urge Turkish Government
to Drop Charges against Transgender Activists

Harassment of Transgender Individuals Must End

For Immediate Release
(New York, Nov 2, 2011) - In a joint letter sent to the Turkish Ministry of Justice today, seven human rights organizations called for an end to the continuous harassment of transgender individuals and human rights defenders and expressed alarm at the conviction and potential imprisonment of leaders from the organization Pembe Hayat.

On October 26, 2011, Ankara’s 15th Criminal Court of First Instance sentenced three transgender human rights defenders, Naz Güdümen , Buse Kılıçkaya , and Selay Tunç, to jail terms ranging from five to eighteen months.  They were convicted of offenses such as “resisting the police” and “insulting the police.” While the jail sentences for Ms. Tunc and Ms. Güdümen were suspended, the court’s ruling in the case of Ms. Kılıçkaya is to be enforced if it is upheld by the Court of Appeals.

The court’s ruling was based on charges for events that took place on June 19, 2010.  That day, the police pulled over the three human rights defenders while they drove through the Seyranbaglari Mah neighborhood in Ankara and subsequently arrested them. According to the groups, the arrests were arbitrary and part of a pattern of systematic harassment of transgender individuals, particularly those defending their human rights.

The letter to the Justice Minister was signed by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), COC Netherlands, Global Action for Trans* Equality, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe), Transgender Europe (TGEU), ARC International, and STP 2012, International Stop Trans Pathologization Campaign.

Ms. Kılıçkaya and Ms. Tunç are co‐founders and current board members of Pembe Hayat, and Ms. Güdümen is an active member.  Pembe Hayat (Pink Life Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual Solidarity Association) is an Ankara‐based organization that works to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence motivated by homophobia and transphobia.

In their letter, the human rights organizations requested that Turkish authorities drop all charges against Ms. Güdümen, Ms. Kılıçkaya, and Ms. Tunç and investigate the discriminatory treatment of transgender individuals by the police and courts. The groups also requested the Turkish government provide sensitivity training for law enforcement officers and court officials in order to prevent future cases of transphobia and homophobia.

For more information, please contact:

In New York: Hossein Alizadeh
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
(English): +1-212-430-6016

In Buenos Aires: Mauro Cabral
GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality
(Spanish, English): +54-9-351-558-9876

In Amsterdam: Bjorn van Roozendaal
COC Netherlands
(Dutch, English): +31-622558300

In Geneva: John Fisher
ARC International
(French, English): +41-79-508-3968

In Stockholm: Maria Sundin
Transgender Europe
(English, Swedish) Tel: +46 70-729 01 66

In Brussels: Juris Lavrikovs
ILGA-Europe
(English, Russian, Latvian) + 32 496 70 83 75

In Madrid: Amets Suess
STP 2012, International Stop Trans Pathologization Campaign
(Spanish, English): + 34 659 52 44 46


31. Oktober 2011:

STP 2012 auf der ILGA-Europe Konferenz
Human Rights and "Traditional Values": clash or dialogue?’, Turin, Italia

Vom 27. - 30. Oktober 2011 nahm STP 2012 an der Ilga-Europe Konferenz  ‘Human Rights and "Traditional Values": clash or dialogue?’ in Turin, Italien, teil (Programm).

22. Oktober 2011:

STP 2012 Press Release:

Actions for trans depathologization in 70 cities of 32 countries


The International Campaign STP 2012 organizes the International Day of Action for Trans* Depathologization – STP 2012 denounces the detentions of activists in Moscow.


On Saturday, October 22nd 2011, International Day of Action for Trans* Depathologization, demonstrations and other actions took place in 70 cities of 32 countries. The mobilizations were carried out in the context of a call to action organized by the International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization 2012, with the intent of fighting for the depathologization of trans* identities.

The main demands of STP 2012 are the withdrawal of the 'Gender Dysphoria' / 'Gender Identity Disorder' categories from diagnostic manuals -the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases (ICD)- in the next editions with expected release dates for 2013 and 2015, as well as the guarantee of healthcare rights for trans* people, including public coverage of trans-specific medical attention of the highest quality possible and the substitution of the current external evaluation model for a focus based on autonomy and informed decision. With a goal of facilitating public coverage, STP 2012 proposes a non-pathologizing mention of trans-specific medical attention in the ICD, as a health process not based on disease.

Every month of October, the International Campaign STP 2012 calls for mobilizations for trans* depathologization. While in 2010 actions took place in 61 cities, in 2011 the number of cities involved increased to 70. In total, during 'Trans* October 2011' over 120 activities took place for trans* depathologization in various regions around the world, among them, demonstrations, rallies, conferences, workshops, film forums and performances. In addition, to this date over 300 groups, organizations, networks and federations from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America have declared their support to the STP 2012 Campaign.

STP 2012, International STP 2012 Campaign denounces the detentions of activists in Moscow during the political rally for trans depathologization and demands the withdrawal of all charges against the arrested individuals.

STP 2012, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization
, October 22nd 2011

To access more information about the STP 2012 Campaign, please go to:  www.stp2012.info

E-mail:  contact@stp2012.info

STP 2012 Press Release: PDF

13. Oktober 2011

STP 2012 auf dem Seminar “Trans Health in the Nordic Context”, Linköping, Schweden

Am 12. Oktober 2011 nahm STP 2012 an dem Seminar “Trans Health in the Nordic Context” in Linköping, Schweden teil, das von dem Nordic Trans Network organisiert wurde, in Kollaboration mit Tema Genus Higher Seminars and Forum for Gender Studies & Equality, Universität Linköping und Queer Seminar, Universität Uppsala.

30. September 2011

STP 2012 auf der WPATH-Tagung in Atlanta

STP 2012 nahm an der Tagung von WPATH, World Professional Association for Transgender Health teil, die vom 24. - 28. September 2011 in Atlanta, USA stattfand (Programm).

10. September 2011

STP 2012 veröffentlicht die englische und portuguiesische Version des Kommuniqués
„Reflektionen über Trans*-Entpathologisierung und Gesundheitsrechte”

Jetzt ist die englische und portuguiesische Übersetzung des im Juli veröffentlichten Kommuniqués der Internationalen STP 2012 Kampagne „Reflektionen über Trans*-Entpathologisierung und Gesundheitsrechte“ verfügbar.

Englische Version
Portugiesische Version

Spanische Version

25. August 2011

STP 2012 nahm an dem Seminar “Dialogue on Increasing Access to Health Care for Transgender Communities” teil
Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP),
Open Society Foundations

STP 2012 nahm an dem von der Open Society Foundations, Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) organisierten Seminar “Dialogue on Increasing Access to Health Care for Transgender Communities” teil, das vom 21. - 24. August 2011 in San Francisco stattfand.

28. Juli 2011:

Kommuniqué der STP 2012 Kampagne, Juli 2011

Reflexiones sobre despatologización trans y derechos sanitarios

Die Internationale STP 2012 Kampagne hat gerade ihr jährliches Kommuniqué herausgegeben.

Download in PDF-Format (spanische Version):

Comunicado de la Campaña STP 2012: Reflexiones sobre despatologización trans y derechos sanitarios

15. Juli 2011:

Vorschlag der Internationalen STP 2012 Kampagne an die American Psychiatric Association

(in spanischer Version):

Propuesta de la Campaña Internacional STP 2012
dirigida a la American Psychiatric Association

En nombre de la Campaña Internacional Stop Trans Pathologization STP 2012, nos dirigimos al Grupo de Trabajo “Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders” de la American Psychiatric Association, con el objetivo de aportar propuestas para el proceso de revisión del DSM.

La Campaña STP 2012 es una iniciativa activista internacional que cuenta con la adhesión de más de 270 grupos y redes activistas procedentes de diferentes continentes. En el último Día Internacional de Acción por la Despatologización Trans, convocado por STP 2012 en Octubre de 2010, grupos activistas de 61 ciudades de Norteamérica, Europa, América Latina, Asia y África realizaron manifestaciones y otras acciones para demandar la retirada de las categorías diagnósticas de “trastornos de identidad de género” (o términos equivalentes) del DSM y CIE.

Desde la Campaña STP 2012, hemos revisado las últimas modificaciones en la sección de “Disforia de género” (antes: “Trastornos de identidad de género”), introducidas en el borrador del DSM-5 con fecha del 5 de mayo de 2011, así como en la categoría de “trastorno transvestista” (última modificación en el borrador del DSM-5: 14 de octubre de 2010).

Constatamos con preocupación que nuestra principal demanda sigue incumplida: la retirada de las categorías diagnósticas relacionadas con las expresiones, trayectorias e identidades trans del DSM.

Manifestamos nuestra preocupación por potenciales efectos iatrogénicos de una clasificación de las expresiones, trayectorias e identidades de género trans como trastorno mental, en el sentido de un fomento del riesgo de exclusión social, exposición a violencia transfóbica y repercusiones en la salud de las personas trans. Asimismo, nos preocupa la atribución de un diagnóstico de “disforia de género” en niñ*s con expresiones e identidades de género que difieren de lo que la sociedad considera preferencias, vestimentas y actividades “típicas” respecto al género asignado.

Aparte de la categoría de “disforia de género”, observamos una continuación e incluso expansión de las dinámicas de patologización de expresiones de género presentes en la anterior categoría de “fetichismo transvestista”, mediante la categoría de “trastorno transvestista” (con los subtipos de “fetichismo”, “autoginefilia” y “autoandrofilia”), propuesta en el borrador del DSM-5.

Consideramos insuficientes los cambios terminológicos, modificaciones parciales en los criterios diagnósticos y cambios estructurales introducidos en el borrador del DSM-5 mientras las categorías relacionadas con las expresiones, trayectorias e identidades trans siguen formando parte del DSM, en su carácter y función de “Manual diagnóstico y estadístico de los trastornos mentales”.

Una preocupación presente en el debate actual es la garantía de la cobertura sanitaria pública de la atención sanitaria trans-específica. La demanda de un acceso a una atención sanitaria trans-relevante de calidad y públicamente cubierta constituye uno de los objetivos principales de la Campaña Internacional STP 2012. Sin embargo, no consideramos conveniente un mantenimiento de la categoría de “disforia de género” en el futuro DSM-5 o en la sección de trastornos mentales de la CIE-11 por una supuesta utilidad para la justificación de la cobertura sanitaria pública. Aparte de los argumentos ya nombrados, consideramos que una categorización de las trayectorias e identidades trans como trastorno mental, lejos de fomentar la accesibilidad, puede convertirse en una barrera en el acceso a los tratamientos de modificación corporal trans-específicos.

En cambio, con el objetivo de facilitar una justificación de la cobertura pública de los tratamientos de modificación corporal trans-relevantes, desde STP 2012 proponemos la introducción de una mención no patologizante de la atención sanitaria trans-específica en la CIE-11, como un proceso asistencial no basado en un trastorno mental o enfermedad.

Por las razones nombradas, desde la Campaña Internacional STP 2012 pedimos a la American Psychiatric Association la retirada de las categorías de “disforia de género” y “trastorno transvestista” (o términos equivalentes) del DSM-5.

Campaña Internacional STP 2012, junio de 2011

www.stp2012.info

Contacto: contact@stp2012.info 

10. Juli 2011:

STP 2012 auf der Internationalen Konferenz “Naming and framing: the Construction of Sexual (In)equality”, IASSCS

Vom 6.-9. Juli 2011 nahm STP 2012 an der Internationalen Konferenz “Naming and framing: the Construction of Sexual (In)equality”  teil, die von IASSCS, International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society organisiert wurde, Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Konferenzprogramm).

17. Juli 2011:

Joint NGO News Release

Historic Decision at the United Nations: Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

(Geneva, June 17, 2011) In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (L9/rev1).

The resolution, presented by South Africa along with Brasil and 39 additional co-sponsors from all regions of the world, was passed by a vote of 23 in favour, 19 against, and 3 abstentions.  A list of how States voted is attached. In its presentation to Council, South Africa recalled the UDHR noting that “everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms without distinction of any kind” and Brasil called on the Council to “open the long closed doors of dialogue”.

Today’s resolution is the first UN resolution ever to bring specific focus to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and follows a joint statement on these issues delivered at the March session of the council. It affirms the universality of human rights, and notes concern about acts of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This commitment of the Human Rights Council sends an important signal of support to human rights defenders working on these issues, and recognizes the legitimacy of their work.

“The South African government has now offered progressive leadership, after years of troubling and inconsistent positions on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity. Simultaneously, the government has set a standard for themselves in international spaces. We look forward to contributing to and supporting sustained progressive leadership by this government and seeing the end of the violations we face daily”. (Dawn Cavanagh, Coalition of African Lesbians)

The resolution requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a study on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and calls for a panel discussion to be held at the Human Rights Council to discuss the findings of the study in a constructive and transparent manner, and to consider appropriate follow-up.

“That we are celebrating the passage of a UN resolution about human rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation is remarkable, however the fact that gender identity is explicitly named truly makes this pivotal moment one to rejoice in,” added Justus Eisfeld, Co-Director of GATE.  “The Human Rights Council has taken a step forward in history by acknowledging that both sexual and gender non-conformity make lesbian, gay, trans* and bi people among those most vulnerable and indicated decisively that states have an obligation to protect us from violence.”

"As treaty bodies, UN special procedures, and national courts have repeatedly recognized, international human rights law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.” (Alli Jernow, International Commission of Jurists)

The resolution is consistent with other regional and national jurisprudence, and just this week, the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS recognised the need to address the human rights of men who have sex with men, and the Organization of American States adopted by consensus a resolution condemning violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Earlier in this 17th session of the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, reported to the Council that:

“[C]ontributory factors for risk of violence include individual aspects of women’s bodily attributes such as race, skin colour, intellectual and physical abilities, age, language skills and fluency, ethnic identity and sexual orientation.”

The report also detailed a number of violations committed against lesbian, bisexual and trans women, including cases of rape, attacks and murders.  It is therefore regrettable that a reference to "women who face sexuality-related violence" was removed from the final version of another resolution focused on the elimination of violence against women during the same session.  

"Despite this inconsistency, we trust the UN resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity will facilitate the integration of the full range of sexual rights throughout the work of the UN." (Meghan Doherty, Sexual Rights Initiative).

A powerful civil society statement was delivered at the end of the session, welcoming the resolution and affirming civil society’s commitment to continuing to engage with the United Nations with a view to ensuring that all persons are treated as free and equal in dignity and rights, including on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Now, our work is just beginning”, said Kim Vance of ARC International. “We look forward to the High Commissioner’s report and the plenary panel next March, as well as to further dialogue with, and support from, those States which did not yet feel able to support the resolution, but which share the concern of the international community at these systemic human rights abuses.” 

ARC International, John Fisher (Geneva) +41 79 508 3968 or john@arc-international.net
Amnesty International
, Peter Splinter (Geneva) +41 (0) 22 906 9483 or Emily Gray (London) +44 (0) 20 7413 5865
CAL – Coalition of African Lesbians
, Dawn Cavanagh (South Africa) + 27 11 918 6115 or dawn@cal.org.za
COC Nederland
, Björn van Roozendaal (Netherlands) +31 6 22 55 83 00 or BvanRoozendaal@coc.nl
Council for Global Equality
, Mark Bromley (Washington)  +1.202.719.0511 or Mark@globalequality.org
GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality
, Justus Eisfeld (New York) jeisfeld@transactivists.org, +1-646-341-1699 or Mauro Cabral (Argentina) mcabral@transactivists.org or +54 9 351 5589876
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
, Stefano Fabeni (Washington) +1 312-919-3512 or sfabeni@heartlandalliance.org
Human Rights Watch
, Siphokazi Mthathi (South Africa) mthaths@hrw.org or + 27 82 777 1319/ +27 11 484 2640 or Juliette De Rivero (Geneva) +41 079 640 1649 or derivej@hrw.org
IDAHO - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
, Joel Bedos (France) jbedos@dayagainsthomophobia.org
IGLHRC - International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
, Jessica Stern (New York) + 1 212 430 6014 or jstern@iglhrc.org
ILGA- the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
, Renato Sabbadini, +32 474 857 950 or renato@ilga.org
International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization STP 2012
, Amets Suess, stp2012@gmail.com
International Commission of Jurists
, Alli Jernow (Geneva) +41(0)22 979 3800) or allison.jernow@icj.org
International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
, Bjorn Pettersson (Geneva), b.pettersson@ishr.ch, +41 22 919 7117
Sexual Rights Initiative
, Meghan Doherty, Sexual Rights Initiative, +41 (0)78 871 6713 or meghan@acpd.ca
Thailand's Sexual Diversity Network
, Paisarn Likhitpreechakul +66 81 634 3450 or forsogi@gmail.com
Transgender Europe (TGEU),
Carla LaGata (Germany), mana@zedat.fu-berlin.de

Attachment (Records of Vote and Co-Sponsorship)
States supporting the resolution: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Thailand, UK, USA, Uruguay
States against the resolution: Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Moldova, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Uganda.
Abstentions: Burkina Faso, China, Zambia
Absent: Kyrgyzstan, Libya (suspended)

Co-Sponsors of the resolution: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,  Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, and Uruguay.

10. Dezember 2010:

STP 2012 auf der XXV. ILGA-Weltkonferenz, São Paulo

Vom 4.-9. Dezember 2010 nahm STP 2012 an der XXV. ILGA Weltkonferenz teil, die in São Paulo, Brasilien stattfand (Konferenzprogramm).

 

 December 1, 2010:

Press Release of the Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities, December 1, 2010:

 English Version of Best Practices Guide for Trans Health Care Published

In October 2010, the Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities published a document designed to promote non-pathologizing health care policies. This week the English translation of the Best Practices Guide has been launched. This effort is part of the international campaign "Stop Trans Pathologization" (STP 2012) that on Saturday October 23, 2010 celebrated demonstrations and activities in 61 cities around the world.

A best-practice guide for trans persons' health care was published on October 17, 2010 by the Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities with the aim of proposing a new model of trans health care. The guide sets forth proposals that guarantee an individual's right of decision-making over his or her own body within a context of counseling and informed consent, thereby substituting an empowering model for the current judgmental one.

The guide, developed by trans activists and researchers, discusses the principal criticisms of the present health care model and proposes alternative concepts for the implementation of a non-pathologizing trans health model.

Although initially developed for the Spanish health care context, the guide has been received with great interest by the international trans community, professional associations and human right organizations. This week the English translation of the guide has been published.

The publication of the guide in October 2010 forms part of the International STP 2012 Campaign that since 2007 calls each October for mobilizations in order to demand the removal of Gender Identity Disorder as a mental illness from the international diagnosis manuals. Last Saturday October 23 represented a new milestone for the international trans movement, because there were simultaneous demonstrations and activities in 61 different cities throughout the world.

In releasing this Best-Practices Guide, the Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities wishes to put out on the table principles and concrete proposals to promote a health care model for trans people that is based on a non-pathologizing viewpoint.

The Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities invites the trans activist groups all over the world to widely publicize and distribute this document, to discuss it in their communities, and to adapt it to the needs and priorities of their specific context.

To Download the Document:

English Version: Best Practices Guide to Trans Health Care in the National Health Care System: http://www.stp2012.info/guia/STP_guide_health.pdf

Spanish Version: Guía de Buenas Prácticas para la Atención Sanitaria a Personas Trans en el marco del Sistema Nacional de Salud: http://stp2012.info/guia/STP-propuesta-sanidad.pdf

For more information:

WEB STP-2012 INTERNATIONAL: www.stp2012.info

BLOG STP-2012 SPAIN: http://stp2012.wordpress.com

29. November 2010:

STP 2012 auf der International Trans Remembrance Conference, Ankara

Foto: Pembe Hayat

Vom 22. - 28. November 2010 nahm STP 2012 an der International Trans Remembrance Conference in Ankara, Turkei teil, die von Pembe Hayat (Pink Life Association) organisiert wurde.

26. August 2010:

STP-2012 im Europäischen Parlament

Am 1. September 2010 wird die Internationale Kampagne STP-2010 auf der Konferenz (Trans)Gender Equality? anwesend sein, die von Marije Cornelissen (Die Grünen / EFA) vorgestellt und von Eva-Britt Svensson (GUE/NGL), Britta Thomsen (S&D), Antonyia Parvanova (ALDE) y der Intergruppe für LGBT-Rechte organisiert wird. Die Konferenz findet im Europäischen Parlament statt.

Weitere Information: http://www.greens-efa.org/cms/default/dok/347/347511.htm

 

21. Juni 2010:

Video: International Trans-Intersex Demonstration - Barcelona - 5. Juni


5. Juni 2010:

Presseerklärung 5. Juni: Internationale Trans-Intersex Demonstration

An diesem Samstag fand in Barcelona die größte Demonstration der Geschichte gegen die Pathologisierung der Transsexualität statt

 demo 1

demo 2

mani 4

Heute, Samstag, 5. Juni, demonstrierten mehr als tausend Trans-Aktivist_innen aus fünf Kontinenten in Barcelona, um die Streichung der Transsexualität von den Krankheitskatalogen zu fordern. 

Im Rahmen des ersten Kongresses über Geschlechtsidentität und Menschenrechte, der in dieser Woche in Barcelona veranstaltet wurde, fand heute, Samstag, eine öffentliche Demonstration in den Straßen Barcelonas statt, zu der das Internationale Netzwerk für Entpathologisierung von Trans* aufgerufen hatte, um die Streichung der Transsexualität von den Krankheitskatalogen zu fordern.

Die Demonstration ist Teil der Kampagne STP 2012, die dafür kämpft, dass die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) und die American Psychiatric Association (APA) die Transsexualität nicht mehr als Krankheit ansieht. Außerdem fordert sie von der spanischen Regierung, die Diagnose „Geschlechtsdysphorie“ und die medizinische Behandlung von mindestens zwei Jahren als Bedingungen für die legale Veränderung des Namens- und Geschlechtseintrags, so wie sie in dem 2007 verabschiedetem Geschlechtsidentitätgesetz festgesetzt sind, zu streichen.

Die internationale Kampagne für die Entpathologisierung der Transsexualität, Stop Trans Pathologization, hat einen hohen Einfluss auf die Agenda der lesbisch-schwul-trans- und bisexuellen Bewegung erreicht. So fanden im vergangenen Oktober Demonstrationen in mehr als 40 Städten der ganzen Welt statt.

Die Demonstration rechnete mit der Teilnahme von mehr als tausend Aktivist_innen aus den fünf Kontinenten und spielte sich in einem sehr partizipativen und kulturell diversen Klima ab. Sie fand ihren Abschluss in der Plaça de Sant Jaume mit einer Performance und der Lesung eines Manifests zur Unterstützung der Menschenrechte der Trans* Personen, der Anklage der Transphobie und der Forderung der Entpathologisierung der Transsexualität.

Internationales Netzwerk für die Entpathologisierung von Trans*

www.stp2012.info

stp2012@gmail.com

 

25.05.2010

Spot Internationale Trans-Intersex Demo


12.05.2010:

STOP TRANS PATHOLOGIZATION

Internationale Trans-Intersex Demo

 Samstag  5. Juni 2010, 19 Uhr


An  Pl. Universitat- Metro (U-Bahn) L1 und L2- BARCELONA (Spanien)

Organisation: Internationales Netzwerk für Entpathologisierung von Trans*

Aufruf: Trans-Block, Xarxa d’Acció Trans-Intersex, Barcelona

Weitere Information: www.stp2012.info

stp2012@gmail.com

 

Im Monat Juni wird die Stadt Barcelona mehrere Events von besonderer Bedeutung für die Trans Personen auf der ganzen Welt beherbergen.

Am 2. Juni, um 20 Uhr, wird das erste spanischsprachige Buch über Trans-Entpathologisierung offiziell vorgestellt, mit dem Titel „El género desordenado: Críticas en torno a la patologización de la transexualidad", Herausgeber: Miquel Missé und Gerard Coll-Planas, Verlag:  EGALES. (weitere Information: www.elgenerodesordenado.wordpress.com)

Am 4. und 5. Juni findet in Barcelona der Internationale Kongress über Geschlechtsidentität und Menschenrechte statt (weitere Information: www.congenid.org).

Am Samstag, 5. Juni, um 19 Uhr, findet eine internationale Demo für die Sichtbarkeit von Trans und Intersex statt, organisiert von dem Internationalen Netzwerk für Entpathologisierung von Trans*, unter dem Slogan STOP TRANS PATHOLOGIZATION (www.stp2012.info).

Wir hoffen Euch alle auf den Straßen zu sehen, wieder einmal, der Trans Widerstand!

 

 

10.04.2010:

Erklärung des Internationalen Netzwerkes für die Entpathologisierung von Trans*

Seit den Mobilisierungen der Kampagne “Stop Trans Pathologization-2010” am 17. Oktober 2009 in mehr als 40 Städten der Welt haben sich verschiedene Dinge ereignet, die neue Elemente in den Kontext des Kampfes für die Entpathologisierung der Trans*Identitäten einbringen.

Diese Erklärung stellte eine Reflektion über die aktuelle Situation der Pro-Entpathologisierungs-Bewegung und eine kurze Analyse fünf wichtiger Elemente dar, die das weltweite Panorama der Bewegung verändern.

Das vorrangige Ziel dieses Netzwerkes und seiner Kampagne STP-2012 war es, eine weite soziale Mobilisierung zu schaffen, um anzuzeigen, dass die Transsexualität in den internationalen Krankheitskatalogen als psychische Störung angesehen wird. Dieses erste Ziel, das am Anfang sehr entfernt schien, ist erreicht worden, und der Kampf für die Entpathologisierung der Trans*Identitäten ist zu einem wichtigen Thema in der Agenda der LSBT und vor allem der Trans*Bewegung geworden, ebenso wie internationer Organisationen für Menschenrechte, öffentlicher Verwaltungen, Sozialwissenschaftler_innen, Ärzt_innen und Psychiater_innen. 

Aktuell gehen unsere Zielsetzungen über einer Anklage dieser Situation hinaus. Es geht darum, eine reale Veränderung in diesen Handbüchern zu bewirken, und gleichzeitig die Gesundheitsrechte der Trans*Personen zu schützen. Auf der einen Seite sollten wir der Idee ein Ende machen, dass die Trans*Identität in sich pathologisch ist, und auf der anderen Seite die körperlichen Veränderungen der Trans*Personen als gerechtfertigte Forderungen und Resultat eines sozialen Systems der Zweiergeschlechtlichkeit anerkennen. In diesem Sinne halten wir es für wichtig, parallel zu einer Forderung der Entpathologisierung der Transsexualität sicher zu stellen, dass die Trans*Personen ihren Körper ohne den Zwang zu einer psychiatrischen Diagnose oder der einer anderen organischen Krankheit verändern können.

Wie oben angeführt, gibt es fünf neue Elemente die zu interessanten Veränderungen im Kampf für eine Trans*Entpathologisierung beitragen.

An erster Stelle last sich der Aufschub des Veröffentlichungstermins des DSM-V nennen. Zunächst erklärte die American Psychiatric Association (APA), dass die fünfte Version des DSM im Mai 2012 erscheinen sollte. Vor einigen Wochen veränderten sie dieses Datum, und nun ist die Veröffentlichung des DSM für 2013 vorgesehen. Einige kritische Stimmen zeigen, dass diese Verzögerung durch die zahlreichen Kritiken bedingt ist, die der Revisionsprozess des Katalogs erhalten hat. Ein positives Zeichen ist, dass die Mobilisierungen gegen die neuen Störungen des DSM im Allgemeinen zunehmend Bedeutung in der Revision des Katalogs erhalten. Auch wenn das Erscheinungsdatum verändert wurde, bleibt der Slogan der Kampagne im Moment STP-2012.

An zweiter Stelle verweisen wir darauf, dass am 18. Januar 2010, während des V. Kongresses zur sexuellen Erziehung, Orientierung und Therapie (V. Congreso de Educación, Orientación y Terapia Sexual) der Kubanischen Multidisziplinären Gesellschaft zur Sexualforschung (Sociedad Cubana Multidiscipliaia para el Estudio de la Sexualidad, SOCUMES) eine Erklärung zur Entpathologisierung der Transsexualität verabschiedet wurde. Diese Position macht die internationale Bedeutung dieser Debatte offensichtlich und stellt eine wichtige Referenz in der Unterstützung des Aktivismus für die Trans*Entpathologisierung dar.   

Drittens: Am vergangenen 10. Februar 2010 veröffentlichte die APA einen Entwurf des DSM-5, der fünften Version des Handbuchs psychischer Krankheiten (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Wir möchten vor allem darauf hinweisen, dass die Hauptforderung von STP-2012, die Streichung der trans*geschlechtlichen Identitäten und Ausdrucksformen aus dem DSM, weiterhin unerfüllt bleibt. Wir sind der Meinung, dass die in den Entwurf eingefügten terminologischen Änderungen keine wesentliche Veränderung, sondern eine Weiterführung und Ausweitung eines tiefgrefiend pathologisierenden Modells bedeuten. Gleichzeitig scheinen sie die Absicht zu verfolgen, mittels der gewählten Sprache einen kritisch-aktivistischen Diskurs aufzugreifen und zu vereinnahmen.

Wir decken die äusserst wichtige Rolle auf, welche die Psychiater Kenneth Zucker (Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe über “sexuelle Störungen” im DSM-5) und Ray Blanchard spielen. Es handelt sich um Professionelle, welche die Verwendung “korrektiver” Therapien an Trans*Personen unterstützen, und die von Beginn an den festen Vorsatz hatten, die Trans*Personen noch mehr zu pathologisieren, so wie es im Entwurf des DSM-5 geschehen ist. 

Wir möchten auβerdem auf die intrinsische Beziehung zwischen dem Konzept der “Geschlechtsinkongruenz” (gender incongruence) und dem gültigen System der Zweigeschlechtlichkeit hinweisen, das die Transitionsprozesse als pathologisch an sich wahrnimmt. Der dem Entwurf des DSM-V zugrunde liegenden Logik zufolge, hört die “Geschlechtsinkongruenz” auf, wenn die Person in Transition ein stabiles Geschlecht annimmt. In diesem Sinne ist die den “Ausgang” aus der Diagnose einer Rückkehr in das bestehende Geschlechtersystem gleichzusetzen.

Wir beobachten besorgt die fortlaufende Pathologisierung nicht normativer Geschlechtsidentitäten und Ausdrucksformen in Kindern, sowie die Ausweitung der pathologisierenden Kriterien in Jugendlichen und Erwachsenen auf eine weite Bandbreite trans*geschlechtlicher Identitäten und Ausdrucksformen (nicht mehr nur auf Trans*Personen beschränkt, die eine hormonelle oder quirurgische Behandlung anstreben). Die grosse Weite, der Begriff “Geschlechtsinkongruenz” beschreibt, könnte dazu führen, dass jegliche Spur von Feminität in Männern oder von Maskulinität in Frauen als Motiv psychischer Störung angesehen würde.    

Auch die intersexuellen Personen werden in den Begriff der “Geschlechtsinkongruenz” eingeschlossen. Wir unterstützen die Erklärung der Internationalen Organisation Intersexueller (OII). Wenn einem intersexuellen Kind durch radikale medizinische und quirurgische Protokolle ein Geschlecht zugewiesen wird und spatter eine eigene Wahl in Bezug auf die Geschlechtszuordung treffen möchte, ist es nicht akzeptabel, dass dies als eine psychologische Störung der Geschlechtsinkongruenz angesehen wird.

In demselben Entwurf wird der Anwendungsbereich der “Transvestistischen Störung” als Diagnose psychischer Krankheit auf alle legal als Männer erfassten Personen ausgeweitet. Sogar Trans*frauen könnten unter diese pathologisierende Kategorie fallen, abgesehen von der Kategorie “Geschlechtsinkongruenz”. Das geschieht dagegen nicht mit Frauen, die cross dressing betreiben. Dadurch wird eine dem Entwurf zugrundeliegende machistische Geschlechtsideologie offensichtlich. In diesem Sinne unterstützen wir die Forderung der Streichung dieser “Störung”, die von der International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) aufgestellt wurde, in allen Punkten, und schlagen euch vor, ihren Vorschlag "TELL THE APA: “CROSSDRESSING IS NOT A DISORDER! Drop 302.3 from the DSM" (http://dsm.ifge.org/petition/) zu unterstützen.

Wir denken, dass die Präsenz der Kategorien, die im Entwurf des DSM-5 genannt werden, ein pathologisierendes Modell unterstützen, in dem das “Problem” in die Person gelegt wird, die das ihr zugeschriebene Geschlecht verändern möchte, und nicht in der, in der heutigen Gesellschaft existierenden Transphobie, die durch die Schaffung pathologisierender Referenzen noch verstärkt wird.   

An vierter Stellle, möchten wir darauf hinweisen, dass das französische Gesundheitsministerium im Februar 2010 ein Dekret veröffentlicht hat, das die Stellung der Trans*Identität innerhalb der ALD Klassifizierung (lang andauernde Krankheiten) verändert, ein System, das die öffentliche Finanzierung der Gesundheitsversorgung der Trans*Personen erlaubt. Tatsächlich wechseln die Trans*Personen in diesem Dekret von einer ALD 23 (psychiatrische lang andauernde Krankheiten) zu einer ALD 31 (nicht erfasste lang andauernde Krankheiten). Dieses Dekret stellt keine Entpathologisierung der Trans*Identität dar, da sich in der Praxis nichts für die Trans*Personen verändert. Diese werden weiterhin als krank angesehen und müssen sich einer psychiatrischen Folgebehandlung unterziehen.   

Zum Abschluss greifen wir eine Nachricht letzter Stunde auf: Als Antwort auf eine Frage, die an das spanische Parlament (Congreso de los Diputados) gestellt wurde, erklärt die spanische Regierung, die Notwendigkeit zu teilen, die Transsexualität aus den Handbüchern psychischer Krankheiten zu streichen. Wir denken, dass diese Erklärung einen grossen Schritt vorwärts bedeuten kann, und wir sind der Meinung, dass die spanische Regierung, wenn sie tatsächlich die Bedeutung der Streichung der Transsexualiät von den internationalen Krankheits-Handbüchern ernst nimmt, ihr eigenes Gesetz zur Anerkennung der Geschlechtsidentität (Ley 3/2007, de 15 de marzo, reguladora de la rectificación registral de la mención relativa al sexo de las personas) revidieren sollte, das die Veränderungen in der Namens- und Geschlechtsnennung der Trans*Personen in ihren offiziellen Dokumenten regelt. Das genannte Gesetz stellt als notwendige Voraussetzungen, um diese Veränderungen durchzuführen, den Nachweis einer Diagnose der “Geschlechtsdysphorie” auf, und trägt damit zu der Pathologisierung der Trans*Identitäten bei.

Gleichzeitig sollte der Vorschlag einer Streichung der Transsexualität aus den Handbüchern psychischer Störungen von einer Revision der klinischen Protokolle des Prozesses der Geschlechtsumwandlung begleitet werden, unter Ablösung des aktuellen Regimes der Autorisierung durch ein Modell, das eine autonome und informierte Entscheidung der interessierten Person zulässt. In Übereinstimmung mit aktuellen internationalen Menschenrechts-erklärungen, heben wir hervor, dass der Einschluss des Prozesses der Geschlechtsumwandlung in die öffentliche Gesundheits-ersorgung ein grundlegendes Gesundheitsrecht darstellt, das keine psychiatrischen Diagnose benötigt.

Unter Berücksichtigung der genannten Punkte möchten wir darauf hinweisen, dass unsere Hauptforderung weiterhin in der Streichung der pathologisierenden Klassifizierungen der trans*geschlechtlichen Identitäten und Ausdrucksweisen aus den internationalen Diagnose-Handbüchern besteht. Wir fordern ausserdem den freien Zugang, ohne Notwendigkeit psychiatrischer Diagnose oder Klassifizierung als organische Krankheit, zu den Prozessen körperlicher Veränderung für diejenigen Personen, die dies verlangen, unter Garantie öffentlicher Deckung der genannten Interventionen.

Wir erinnern daran, dass daher die fünf Ziele des Netzwerkes weiterhin gültig sind

  1. Die Streichung der Geschlechtsidentitätsstörungen (GIS) aus den internationalen Diagnostik-Handbüchern (DSM-IV-TR und ICD-10).
  2. Die Streichung der Geschlechtsnennung in den offiziellen Dokumenten.
  3. Die Abschaffung von Behandlungen binärer Normalisierung an intersexuellen Personen.
  4. Der freie Zugang zu Hormonbehandlung und Chirurgie (ohne psychiatrische Vormundschaft).
  5. Die Prävention der Transphobie: Förderung der Erziehung und sozialer und beruflicher Einschluss der Trans*Personen.

Wir nützen diese Erklärung, um die nächsten Mobilisierungen der Kampagne anzukündigen, in denen wir hoffen, euch zu treffen, sowie weitere wichtige Nachrichten:

  • Nach langer Arbeit haben die Aktvist_innen aus Madrid (Spanischer Staat) eine neue Webseite erstellt: www.stp2012.info
  • Wir laden euch ein, bis zum 20. April 2010 in der Anwendung “Make a suggestion” der APA teilzunehmen, und eure Vorschläge zur Modifizierung des DSM beizutragen: www.dsm5.org/ProposedRevisions/Pages/SexualandGenderIdentityDisorders.aspx
  • Im Juni 2010 wird in Spanien das erste spanischsprachige Buch über Trans*Entpathologisierung veröffentlicht werden: El género desordenado: Críticas en torno a la patologización de la transexualidad von Gerard Coll-Planas und Miquel Missé (Herausgeber).  
  • Internationale Demonstration für die Entpathologisierung der Transsexualität: Im nächsten Juni findet in Barcelona der Internationale Kongress über Geschlechtsidentität und Menschenrechte (Congreso Internacional sobre Identidad de Género y Derechos Humanos) statt. Wir nützen dieses Event, um eine internationale Demonstration für die Kampagne STP-2012 in Barcelona zu veranstalten. Das Datum der Demo ist Samstag, der 5. Juni 2010.  
  • Die nächste simultane Mobilisierung in verschiedenen Städten wird am 23. Oktober 2010 stattfinden.  

 

Internationales Netzwerk für Entpathologisierung von Trans*, April 2010

 

07.04.2010:

Presseerklärung des spanischen Netzwerkes für Entpathologisierung der Trans*Identitäten

“Die spanische Regierung teilt die Notwendigkeit, die Transsexualität aus den Handbüchern psychiatrischer Störungen zu streichen.”

Am 15. März 2010 antwortete das Parlament Spaniens (Congreso de los Diputados) auf die Frage des Abgeordneten Joan Herrera der parlamentarischen Gruppe ERC-IU-ICV (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya - Izquierda Unida – Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds). Die Frage bezog sich auf die Meinung der Regierung über die Klassifizierung der Transsexualität als psychische Störung. Die Antwort der Regierung scheint klar zu sein “Die spanische Regierung teilt die Notwendigkeit die Transsexualität aus den Handbüchern psychiatrischer Störungen zu streichen”.

Von Seiten des spanischen Netzwerkes für die Entpathologisierung der Trans*Identitäten bewerten wir diese Stellungsnahme als einen möglichen Schritt vorwärts.

Gleichzeitig denken wir, dass die Regierung, wenn sie wirklich die Bedeutung der Streichung der Transsexualität aus den internationalen Krankheits-Handbüchern ernst nimmt, ihr eigenes Gesetz zur Anerkennung der Geschlechtsidentität (Ley3/2007, de 15 de marzo, reguladora de la rectificación registral de la mención relative al sexo de las personas) revidieren sollte, das die Veränderung der Namens- und Geschlechtsnennung der Trans*Personen in den offiziellen Dokumenten regelt. Das genannte Gesetz stellt den Nachweis einer Diagnose von “Geschlechtsdysphorie” als notwendige Vorbedingung auf, um diese Veränderungen durchzuführen, und trägt auf diese Weise zur Pathologisierung der Trans*Identitäten bei. 

In den letzten Monaten ist im spanischen Kontext und in der Welt eine starke Bewegung entstanden, in der wir als Trans*Personen die Entpathologisierung der Transsexualität gefordert haben. Im letzten Oktober mobilisierten sich mehr als 40 Städte auf der Welt, 15 davon aus dem spanischen Kontext, unter dem Motto STOP TRANS PATHOLOGIZATION-2012 für dasselbe Ziel. Im Zeitraum von 2007 bis heute sind neue Diskurse in Bezug auf die Trans*Thematik entstanden, und wir denken dass die Veränderung der Position der Regierung in Verbindung mit der Sichtbarmachung dieser Forderungen steht.

Als Aktivist_innen und Gruppen des Spanischen Netzwerkes für Entpathologisierung der Trans*Identitäten verstehen wir die Bedeutung dieser Stellungsnahme. Daher bitten wir die Regierung eindringlich diese Position in der Praktik auf kohärente Weise zu vertreten, um eine realen Auswirkung im täglichen Leben der Trans*Personen zu bewirken. Wenn die Regierung anerkennt, dass wir keine psychische Störung haben, stellt es einen Widerspruch dar, von uns eine Diagnose zu fordern, um uns als Bürger_innen anzuerkennen.    

Spanisches Netzwerk für die Entpathologisierung der Trans*Identitäten

7. April 2010

 Für weitere Information setzen Sie sich bitte mit uns in Kontakt:  

 

E-mail: stp2012@gmail.com

Webseite: www.stp2012.info 

 

October 17th 2009:

Press Release:

International Network for Trans Depathologization: Action Day October 17th 2009 – STP 2012 Campaign

On Saturday, October 17th 2009, demonstrations and other actions will take place in 38 cities in Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia, to support the campaign Stop Trans Pathologization STP 2012, which was initiated by the International Network for Trans Depathologization. To date (date of information: 15/10/2009), 181 groups from 40 countries in different world regions and 7 international networks declared their support of the campaign.

The principal demand of the campaign is the removal of Gender Identity Disorders from the international diagnostic catalogues (DSM-IV y ICD-10). We consider that the classification of transsexuality as mental disorder fosters the risk of transphobia and social exclusion of trans persons all over the world. The necessity of compulsory diagnosis, hormonal and surgical modifications which is present in many of the existent laws, attacks the human rights regarding body integrity and free expression of gender identities, rights which are named in recent international declarations like the Yogyakarta Principles (2007) or the recommendations of the Commissioner of Human Rights of the Council of Europe Thomas Hammarberg (2009). In this sense, we consider the depathologization of transsexuality as a first indispensable step for a full recognition of trans persons’ human rights.

At the same time, the International Network for Trans Depathologization is aware of the importance of guaranteeing trans persons health rights. Therefore, within its objectives the demand of free access to hormonal and surgical interventions without the necessity of psychiatric authorization for those persons, who wish to use them as well as its coverage by Public Health Systems is included. To guarantee these health rights, the International Network for Trans Depathologization supports a non-pathologizing mention in the ICD as long as this mention does not signify a reclassification of transsexuality as a mental, organic or neurological disease. The justification of trans persons’ health rights should not be based on a pathologizing definition of trans identities, but take into account the characteristics of a highly binary society in which the experience of transphobia and social pressure can lead to the need of corporal modification. We question the current binary gender order in the actual society, in which a man with scars continues to be more accepted than a man with breasts.

In this sense, we demand medical treatment as a free option for trans people, without the need of compulsory psychiatric diagnosis, hormonal or surgical interventions in order to realize a change in the name or sex register.

Like the years before, this year on Octubre 17th 2009 we will demonstrate for the depathologization of transsexuality, making a call to all governments, international bodies and the general society to support the demand of the removal of the Gender Identity Disorders of the DSM-IV or ICD-10.

We also would like to thank all the groups, networks and individual persons which are supporting the STP 2012 campaign.

Stop Trans Pathologization!

International Network for Trans Depathologization

www.stp2012.info