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New Standards of Care for transgender people announced

September 25, 2011

Update: The new Standards of Care are now available on the WPATH website here.

Today, the World Professional Assocation for Transgender Health (WPATH) released new Standards of Care, which guide health providers on appropriate care for gender transition. Reportedly, the new standards provide greater recognition that transgender people’s paths through gender transition are more diverse, and that helping professionals need to recognize and support transgender people in a more individualized manner. The Standards of Care are being presented at the WPATH Symposium, currently underway in Atlanta, Ga.

The Task Force’s Transgender Civil Rights Project Director Lisa Mottet, and Marsha Botzer, Task Force board member are currently  attending the conference in Atlanta. Botzer served on the Standards of Care Workgroup Committee that revised the new standards. Mottet presents at the WPATH symposium on Monday, with Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality, on the results of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. The Task Force looks forward to integrating the new Standards of Care into our ongoing advocacy efforts for transgender equality.

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  1. September 25, 2011 11:24 pm

    this is great. i would love for insurance to fully cover my estrogen each month like my other meds. and for blue cross blue shield blue shield to cover bottom surgery as an mtf currently my union covers my meds… they don’t cover diabetes!!! so ghi does… i would love if ghi would cover the estrogen too!

  2. September 29, 2011 7:34 pm


    Thursday 29th September 2011

    Re: The World Professional Association for Transgender Health: Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People, 7th version,

    In an act of breathtaking hypocrisy the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) has released pathologizing guidelines for the treatment of intersex children and adults who reject their birth assignments.

    WPATH has for many years been considering the effects of pathologizing language on the mental health of trans individuals. The diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder (GID) was considered especially unhelpful as it categorized their natural differences as a mental illness.

    In an effort to move away from concepts that contributed to the problems rather than easing them WPATH has revised its Standards of Care (SOC) to include less pathologizing language and treatments that focus on medical needs rather than pathologizing and characterizing trans as a mental health problem.

    With breathtaking arrogance and hypocrisy, WPATH then reclassifies intersex as people with Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) and see those of us who reject our birth assignments as being in need of the counsel of a mental health professional.

    WPATH does this without the input or inclusion of a single intersex person. Indeed the WPATH membership requirements preclude being intersex as a reason for belonging to this organization.

    Not only are intersex people excluded from membership of WPATH, we are pathologized without our contribution and without WPATH seeking any intersex input whatsoever.

    WPATH would not formulate a Standards of Care for trans people without considerable trans inclusion and widespread trans consultation. That WPATH is prepared to do what they have done to intersex people shows the complete misunderstanding that trans professionals have in respect of intersex and their disregard for both our rights and for our wellbeing.

    Gina Wilson
    President, Organisation Intersex International Australia Limited
    Sydney, Australia
    +61 (0)418 290 336

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