ILGA » » Petition calls on WHO to delist 'transsexualism' as illness

News

Filter by Show me news ›

Petition calls on WHO to delist ‘transsexualism’ as illness

Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova is among more than 43,000 people supporting a change.org petition calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to stop considering trans people mentally ill.

Avatar of Alessia Valenza

24th October 2012 19:27

Alessia Valenza

"Since facing and overcoming discrimination for being a transgender woman back in March — when I was kicked out of and then re-admitted to the Miss Universe Pageant — I’ve been working to fight the stigma and discrimination facing people like me," Talackova says in her letter to the WHO.

The petition was initiated by Maxwell Zachs, a cast member of UK reality show My Transsexual Summer.

The WHO now lists "transsexualism" under the category mental and behavioural disorders in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). 

Read the full story