Notizie

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.

June 23, 2016:

STP in the WPATH Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam

STP, International Campaign  Stop Trans Pathologization participated on June 17-21, 2016 in the WPATH Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam, organized by WPATH, World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Program.

June 7, 2016:

STP in the 6th European Transgender Council in Bologna

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization participated on June 2-5, 2016 in the 6th European Transgender Council in Bologna, organized by TGEU, Transgender Europe. Program.

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.

May 6, 2014:

European Transgender Council “Trans*: Safe & Equal” in Budapest 

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization participated on May 1-4, 2014 in the  European Transgender Council “Trans*: Safe & Equal” in Budapest, organized by TGEU, Transgender Europe. Programme.

February 20, 2014:

STP at the WPATH Symposium Transgender Health from Global Perspectives in Bangkok

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization participated on February 14-18, 2014 in the WPATH Symposium Transgender Health from Global Perspectives in Bangkok, organized by WPATH, World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Programme.

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


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August 20, 2013

STP at the International Seminar Desfazendo Gênero: Subjetividade, Cidadania e Transfeminismo in Natal, Brazil

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization participated on August 14-16, 2013, in the International Seminar Desfazendo Gênero: Subjetividade, Cidadania e Transfeminismo in Natal, Brazil, organized by 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 or stp2012@gmail.com.

July 15, 2013

STP at the Conférences Internationales sur les Transidentités in Marseille

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization participated on July 13, 2013 in the Conférences Internationales sur les Transidentités in Marseille, organized by the Observatoire des Transidentités (ODT), OUTrans, Planning familial des Bouches-du-Rhônes, Santé Active et Solidaire, AIDES and Arc-en-ciel (Toulouse), as part of the Europride 2013.

April 8, 2013

STP at the GATE Civil Society Expert Working Group Meeting in Buenos Aires

STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization participated on April 4-6, 2013 in the GATE Civil Society Expert Working Group Meeting in Buenos Aires, organized by GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality with the objective of developing recommendations for the revision process of trans-specific categories in the ICD, International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.

The results of the meeting can be consulted in the following document published by GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality: Critique and Alternative Proposal to the Gender Incongruence of Childhood” Category in ICD-11.

January 12, 2013

STP Communiqué: "Recent Developments related to the DSM and ICD Revision Processes" 

The coordination team of the International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization announces the publication of the Communiqué "Recent Developments related to the DSM and ICD Revision Processes". 

Spanish Version: PDF
English Version: PDF

December 17, 2012

STP 2012 participated in the Trans Preconference and in the ILGA World Conference in Stockholm

STP 2012 participated in the Trans Preconference and in the ILGA World Conference, celebrated in Stockholm on December 10 – 16, 2012 (program).

STP 2012 supports the declaration approved by the Conference participants "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


September 12, 2012:

STP 2012 condemns the transphobic and xenophobic attack

suffered by participants of the TGEU / TENI Transgender Council in Dublin, September 2012

STP 2012 participated in the 4th Transgender Council organized by TGEU, Transgender Europe and TENI, Transgender Equality Network Ireland, that took place on September 6-9, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.

STP 2012 condemns the transphobic and xenophobic attack committed against various participants during the Council (for more information, see: TGEU / TENI Media Release; Declaration approved by the participants of the Transgender Council).

We note with sadness that trans people continue to be exposed to situations of physical and verbal violence. We would like to express our solidarity with the people who suffered the attack.

July 14, 2012:

STP 2012
launches the Call to Action for the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2012 and the publication of two documents

STP 2012, the 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 20th, 2012, and invites, as in previous years, activist groups from throughout the world to organize demonstrations and other actions in support of trans depathologization.  If you would like to receive further information or participate in this international day of mobilization, please contact us at: contact@stp2012.info. 

In addition to this, STP 2012 announces the publication of two reflective documents developed by the coordination team of STP 2012, available in Spanish and English:

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


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

 

May 5, 2012:

STP 2012 Statement in solidarity of Occupy the American Psychiatric Association

On May 5, 2012, STP 2012 published the following Statement in solidarity of Occupy the American Psychiatric Association:

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

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

The Declaration is also accessible here.

November 21, 2011:

STP 2012 at the Expert Meeting
organized by GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality
in The Hague

STP 2012, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization participated on November 16-18, 2011 in the Expert Meeting in The Hague, organized by GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality with the objective of developing recommendations for the revision process of trans-specific categories in the ICD, International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.

The results of the meeting can be consulted in the following document published by GATE, Global Action for Trans* Equality: It’s time for reform. Trans* Health Issues in the International Classifications of Diseases.

November 2, 2011:

Joint Press Release (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

October 31, 2011:

STP 2012 at the ILGA-Europe Conference
Human Rights and "Traditional Values": clash or dialogue?’, Turin, Italia

From October 27 - 30, 2011, STP 2012 participated in the ILGA-Europe Conference ‘Human Rights and "Traditional Values": clash or dialogue?’, Turin, Italia (Programm).

October 22, 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

October 13, 2011

STP 2012 at the Seminar “Trans Health in the Nordic Context”, Linköping, Sweden

On October 12, 2011, STP 2012 participated in the Seminar “Trans Health in the Nordic Context” in Linköping, Sweden, organized by the Nordic Trans Network, in collaboration with Tema Genus Higher Seminars and Forum for Gender Studies & Equality, Linköping University and Queer Seminar, Uppsala University.

September 30, 2011:

STP 2012 at the WPATH 2011 Symposium, Atlanta

STP 2012 participated in the Symposium of WPATH, World Professional Association for Transgender Health, that took place in Atlanta, United States, from September 24 - 28, 2011 (program).

September 10, 2011:

STP 2012 publishes the English and Portuguese versions of its Communiqué
titled “Reflections on Trans Depathologization and Health Rights”

The English and Portuguese translations of the STP 2012 Communiqué titled “Reflections on Trans Depathologization and Health Rights,” published in Spanish in July 2011, is now available.

English version
Portuguese version
Spanish version

August 25, 2011:

STP 2012 participated in the Seminar
“Dialogue on Increasing Access to Health Care for Transgender Communities”, Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP), Open Society Foundations

STP 2012 participated in the “Dialogue on Increasing Access to Health Care for Transgender Communities”  which took place from August 21 - 24, 2011 in San Francisco, organized by Open Society Foundations, Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP).

28 luglio 2011:

 Comunicato della Campagna STP 2012, luglio 2011

Riflessioni sulla depatologizzazione trans e diritti sanitari

La Campagna Internazionale STP 2012 ha appena pubblicato il suo comuncato annuale, disponibile qui in formato pdf:

Comunicato della Campagna STP 2012: Riflessioni sulla despatologizzazione trans e diritti sanitari

15 luglio 2011:

Proposta della Campagna Internazionale STP 2012, diretta all'American Psychiatric Association

A nome della Campagna Internazionale Stop Trans Patologization STP 2012, ci rivolgiamo al Gruppo di Lavoro Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders dell'American Psychiatric Association, con l'obiettivo di portare delle proposte al processo di revisione del DSM.

LA Campagna STP 2012 è un'iniziativa attivista internazionale che conta l'adesione di oltre 270 gruppi e reti attiviste provenienti da diversi continenti. Nell'ultima Giornata Internazionale di Azione per la Depatologizzazione Trans, indetto da STP 2012 nell'ottobre 2010, gruppi di attivisti di 61 città di Nordamerica, Europa, America Latina e Africa organizzarono manifestazioni ed altre azioni per chiedere il ritiro della categoria diagnostica di "disturbo di identità di genere" (o termini analoghi) dal DSM e dal CIE.

Dall'inizio della Campagna STP 2012 abbiamo rivisto le ultime modifiche nella sezione "Disforia di genere" (prima: "Disturbo di identità di genere"), introdotte nella bozza del DSM-5 con data del 5 maggio 2011, come anche nella categoria "disturbo del travestitismo" (ultima modifica nella bozza del DSM-5: 14 ottobre 2010).

Constatiamo con preoccupazione che la nostra richiesta principale rimane inattesa: il ritiro delle categorie diagnostiche collegate con le espressioni, i percorsi e le identità trans nel DSM.

Manifestiamo la nostra preoccupazione per i potenziali effetti intrinsechi di una classificazione di espressioni, percorsi e identità di genere trans come disturbo mentale, fomentando il rischio di esclusione sociale, esposizione a violenza transfobica e ripercussioni sulla salute delle persone trans. Ugualmente ci preoccupa l'attribuzione di una diagnosi di "disforia di genere" in bambini con espressioni e identità di genere che  divergono da ciò che la società considera preferibili, abbigliamento e attività "tipiche" del genere assegnato.

Oltre alla categoria "disforia di genere", osserviamo una continuazione ed una espansione delle dinamiche di patologizzazione di espressioni di genere presenti nella precedente categoria "feticismo travestitista" (con le relative sottocategorie di "feticismo", "autoignefilia" e "autoandrofilia"), proposta nella bozza del DSM-5.

Consideriamo insufficienti i cambi di terminologia, le modifiche parziali nei criteri diagnostici ed i cambi strutturali introdotti nella bozza del DSM-5, mentre le categorie collegate a espressioni, percorsi e identità trans continuano ad essere parte del DSM, nella sua veste di "Manuale diagnostico e statistico dei disturbi mentali".

Una preoccupazione presente nel dibattito attuale è la garanzia di copertura sanitaria pubblica per la salute delle persone trans. La domanda per accedere ad un servizio sanitario specifico per persone trans, coperto dalla sanità pubblica, costituisce un'altro degli obiettivi della Campagna Internazionale STP 2012. Inoltre, non consideriamo utile mantenere la categoria "disforia di genere" nel futuro DSM-5 o nella sezione dei disturbi mentali del CIE-11 per giustificare la copertura sanitaria pubblica. A parte le argomentazioni già esposte, consideriamo che una categorizzazione dei percosi e delle identità trans come disturbo mentale, lontano dal favorirne l'accessibilità, può convertirsi in una barriera all'accesso e ai trattamenti di modificazioni corporee trans-specifiche.

In cambio, con l'obiettivo di facilitare una giustificazone alla copertura pubblica dei trattamenti di modificaziooni corporee specifiche delle persone trans, con STP 2012 proponiamo l'introduzione di una menzione non patologizzante dell'attenzione sanitaria trans-specifica nel CIE-11, come un processo assistenziale non basato su un disturbo mentale o una malattia.

Per queste ragioni, con la Campagna Internazionale STP 2012 chiediamo all'American Psychiatric Association la cancellazione delle categorie "disforia di genere" e "disturbo di travestitismo" (o termini equivalenti) dl DSM-5.

Campagna Internazionale STP 2012, giugno 2011

www.stp2012.info

Contatto: contact@stp2012.info

10 luglio 2011:

STP 2012 alla Conferenza Internazionale Naming and framing: the Construction of Sexual (In)equality, IASSCS

 Dal 6 al 9 luglio 2011, STP 2012 ha partecipato alla Conferenza Internazionale Naming and framing: the Construction of Sexual (In)equality, organizzata da IASSCS, International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (programma della Conferenza).

17 giugno 2011:

Comunicato stampa condiviso

sull'approvazione della Risoluzione sui Diritti Umani, l'Orientamento Sessuale e l'Identità di Genere, Consiglio dei Diritti Umani, ONU

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 dicembre 2010:

STP 2012 alla XXV Conferenza Mondiale ILGA, São Paulo

dal 4 al 9 dicembre 2010, STP 2010 ha partecitato alla XXV Conferenza Mondiale ILGA, tenutasi a São Paulo, Brasile (programma della Conferenza).

6 ottobre 2010:

3° Incontro Europeo Trans del TGEU a  Malmoe, SVE

STP 2010 ha partecipato al 3° Incontro Europeo Trans, organizzato da Transgender Europe (TGEU) a Malmoe in Svezia, dal 30 settembre al 3 ottobre 2010 (per altre informazioni sul programma, cliccare qui).

La Rete Internazionale per la Depatologizzazione Trans condanna la violenza transfobica e razzista, sia fisica che verbale, che istituzionale, che hanno subito gli attivisti turchi durante il periodo della conferenza, e invia tutta la propria solidarietà.

Per leggere la dichiarazione approvata dai partecipanti dell'incontro e appoggiata da diverse reti internazionali, tra cui la Rete Internazionale per la Depatologizzazione Trans, cliccare qui.

26 agosto 2010:

STP-2012 nel Parlamento Europeo

Il prossimo 1 settembre 2010, la Campagna Internazionale STP-2012 sarà presente alla Conferenza (Trans)Gender Equality?, presentata da Marije Cornelissen (Los Verdes / EFA) e co-organizzata da Eva-Britt Svensson (GUE/NGL), Britta Thomsen (S&D), Antonyia Parvanova (ALDE) e dall'Intergruppo sui Diritti LGBT, che si terrà al Parlamento Europeo a Bruxelles.

Più informazioni: http://www.greens-efa.org/cms/default/dok/347/347511.htm


21 giugno 2010:

Video: Manifestazione Internazionale di Lotta Trans-Intersessuale - Barcelona - 5 giugno


 

25 maggio 2010:

Spot: Manifestazione Internazionale di Lotta Trans-Intersessuale



12 maggio 2010:

STOP PATOLOGIZZAZIONE TRANS

Manifestazione Internazionale di Lotta Trans-Intersessuale

Sabato 5 giugno 2010 ore 19.00
In Piazza Universita-Metro L1 y L2-Barcellona (SPAGNA)

Organizza: Rete Internazionale per la Despatologizzazione Trans
Convoca: Trans-Block, Xarxa d’Acció Trans-Intersex de BCN

Per info: www.stp2012.info, stp2012@gmail.com

Il prossimo mese di giugno la cite' di Barcellona sara' teatro di eventi internazionali di rilevanza speciale per tutte le person trans.

IL giorno 2 giugno, alle ore 20.00, nello spazio Francesca Bonnemaison, c/ Sant Pere més Baix, 7 (Barcelona) avverra' la presentazione ufficiale del primo libro in castigliano riguardante la despatologizzazione trans, intitolato “Il genere in disordine: Critiche alla patologizzazione della transessualita” (“El género desordenado: Críticas en torno a la patologización de la transexualidad”), scritto da Miguel Missé y Gerard Coll-Planas, edito da EGALES (per maggiori informazioni visitare il sito www.elgenerodesordenado.wordpress.com). I giorni 4 e 5 di giugno Barcellona ospitera' il Congresso Internazionale sull'Identita' di Genere e Diritti Umani (per maggiori informazioni visitare il sito www.congenid.org).

Per sabato 5 di giugno alle ore 19,00 e' stata indetta una manifestatione international di visibilizzazione trans e intersessuale, organizzata dalla Rete Internazionale per la Despatologizzazione Trans. Il lemma e' STOP PATOLOGIZZAZIONE TRANS (www.stp2012.info)

Vi aspettiamo tutt@ nelle strade. Ancora una volta, la Resistenza Trans!