For the first time, non-governmental organisations joined leading experts at an international conference to discuss the latest advances in research and advocacy for transgender and transsexual people. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium, held this week in Bangkok, also included a scientific program focusing on issues relating to transgender sexuality and health.
Based on standards and recommendations of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the US Department of State announced that beginning June 10, 2010, a valid certification from a medical physician will be sufficient to have the passport gender changed, with sex reassignment surgery (sex-change surgery) no longer a prerequisite. For Americans born overseas, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad can also be amended with the new gender. >>>