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Sue O’Sullivan
WPATH Communications Director
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The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. Our professional, supporting, and student members engage in clinical and academic research to develop evidence-based medicine and strive to promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally. We are funded primarily through the support of our membership, and through donations and grants sponsored by non-commercial sources.

Learn more about WPATH's Mission and Values

2015 WPATH Statement on Identity Recognition

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) recognizes the right of all people to legal identity recognition and to identity documents consonant with their gender identity.

Download the full policy statement here

RESULTS TO COME: Proposed diagnosis of Gender Incongruence in Children for ICD-11

We are pleased to invite WPATH members to participate in a survey concerning "gender incongruence of childhood,” giving us a better view of our membership’s ideas on how ICD-11 should be structured and implemented concerning gender incongruence. For more information, we have attached a detailed background document outlining the context for this survey. This is an important topic, globally, and your professional opinions can contribute greatly to the World Health Organization’s development of new diagnostic guidelines.

Background information.
Thank you in advance!

Griet de Cuypere, MD (Belgium), Board Member
Gail Knudson, MD, FRCPC (Canada), President-Elect
(Co-chairs of the ICD Committee)
Jamison Green, PhD (USA), President 

WPATH Launches Campaign in Response to Challenge Grant for SOC Translations Fund


We did it! SOC Translation Fund Challenge Grant Met.

Thanks to hard work of the WPATH Development Committee and the loyal members and supporters of transgender health, we reached the goal of $10,000.00 in donations, which has been generously matched by $10,000.00 from the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES) in the UK. This grant is in addition to the $20,000 that GIRES previously contributed to the WPATH translation fund. The challenge grant initiative represents the first major fundraising effort in WPATH’s history. We deeply appreciate the support and commitment represented by your donations, large or small – every dollar matters. The funds raised in this campaign will go toward contracted translation efforts. All the project management, and production coordination, as well as the development of SOC content, is done on volunteer time contributed by our professional members, officers, and committee chairs.

As we work on the completion of translations of SOC into Hindi and Arabic, we are now able to embark on the next group of translations to be offered.

If you are looking for opportunities to become more involved with WPATH, we are looking for dedicated members to join our Development Committee as we charge forward to make a difference for transgender care globally!   Please email Dr. Lin Fraser (linfraser@gmail.com) WPATH Development Committee Chair for more information.

For those of you who have yet to donate, don’t worry donations are still welcomed, needed and appreciated through the WPATH website at http://bit.ly/1AwnIVC

Your shared commitment to increase access to professional education, to improve transgender health, to strengthen the professional ethics and practice of transgender care, and to advocate for civil and human rights for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people are exemplified by your support for WPATH.


The WPATH Development Committee:
Lin Fraser, EdD (Committee Chair)
Jamison Green, PhD (President)
Gail Knudson, MD, FRCPC (President Elect)
Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD (Secretary – Treasurer)
Beatrice "Bean" Robinson, PhD, LP, LMFT (Executive Director)
Eli Coleman, PhD, LP
Randi Ettner, PhD
Dan Karasic, MD
Stan Monstrey MD, PhD
Donna Kelly
Sue O'Sullivan
Jeff Whitman


You may continue to donate at any time: http://www.gofundme.com/bz9e1

WPATH invites you to join us on our path to Global Education
On August 23rd WPATH formally launched the WPATH Global Education Initiative with a fundraiser held at the JW Marriott in Chicago.  The launch followed a full day of strategic planning by the Development Committee.  The fund raising event was specific to support of the translations of the Standards of Care, V7.

We offer a sincere thank you to those members and non-members who attended and those who have offered financial contributions to support this important initiative.

Aaron Devor
Andrea Martin
Ann Vitale
Annie Chiu
Beatrice "Bean" Robinson
Blaine Hall
Brandon J. Hill
Carolyn Gallagher
Charles Bennett
Colton Meier
Dan Karasic
Dana Strauss
David Steinberg
Diahanna Taylor
Denis LeBlanc
Dominic Davies
Eli Coleman
Facial Team
Frederic Ettner
Gail Knudson
Gal Meyer
George Brown
Griet De Cuypere
Heino F Meyer-Bahlburg
Hershel Russell
Ilana Berger
Inga Beta
In Honor of the CIIS beginnings
Jack Harrison-Quintana
James King
Jamison Green
Jamie Feldman
Jeffrey Whitman
Jennifer N. Pritzker
John C. Harrison
John Harrison
John & Donna Kelly
John Otto
Katherine Rachlin
Kyle O'Connor
Lauren Husting
Lin Fraser
Lisa Griffin
Loren S. Schechter
MAA van Trotsenburg
Mark Schoen
Mary B Mattis SoCo Counseling
Michael Herman
Morgan Ayres
Nina Graziosi
Olivia Danforth
Peggy Cohen-Kettenis
Peter England
Phil Thomas
Randi Ettner
Rebecca Allison
Rick Hermelin
Richard Adler
Robin Diane Goldstein
Ron King
Roxanne Cherry
Sara Rook
Scott Leibowitz
Shelagh Davies
Stanislas Monstrey
Stefan Lucke
Sue O’Sullivan
Susan McIntyre
Taryn M Witten
Vin Tangpricha
Walter Bockting

There is still time to join the efforts and make a donation online – it’s fast and easy- Click Below to support the translations of the Standards of Care, V7:



Below is a link to the formal write up by the Windy City Times our event.
http://www. windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/ Global-trans-group-holds- fundraiser/48783.html

Keep WPATH in the Palm of Your Hand!

We are proud to announce the official WPATH Mobile App, available for both Android at Google Play and iOS at the iTunes Store.

View the PDF announcement for more details.

The 24th Biennial WPATH Symposium will be held June 17-21, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands!

We are excited to share with you the official PDF announcement and video. Please keep an eye our Symposium Page as we add new information.

ICD Consensus Process Executive Summary


31 MAY 2013.
Executive Summary PDF. To view click here.


WHO’s Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN) for the ICD-11: An invitation to lend your expertise in Gender Identity and Sexual Health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently developing the next version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). Of particular relevance to the WPATH and its members, significant changes in the classification of gender identity and conditions related to sexuality have been proposed for the ICD-11. Given the extent of the changes, WHO will conduct thorough field-testing of the proposals for ICD-11 in order to ensure their acceptability, clinical utility and global applicability.WPATH is assisting WHO in this endeavor. As a WPATH member, you are invited to lend your clinical experience and expertise to the ICD-11 development process by participating in the internet-based field-studies of the proposed diagnostic guidelines. It is vital that WPATH members register to participate so that we, as a community of professionals working in the gender identity field, can provide substantive feedback on the relevant changes to the ICD-11. These changes will directly influence practice with transgender people around the world, so your participation is essential!The first step is to register for the Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN), an international and multilingual network of health professionals that are contributing directly to the ICD revision. The GCPN currently has over 5000 members.To register to participate in the Global Clinical Practice Network, please click on the link below, or paste it into your internet browser: http://kuclas.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0MJmvXsAXd18KihYour input is vital, so we encourage you to register and participate in this important project.

Please address any questions or comments to gcpn@who.int

Thank you for your anticipated participation and support.


Lin Fraser, President, WPATH
Geoffrey M. Reed, Senior Project Officer, Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioral Disorders, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO

WPATH ICD Consensus Process

In February 2013, WPATH convened an international committee to discuss proposed ICD-11 changes to the diagnoses related to Gender Dysphoria (Gender Identity Disorder in ICD-10). Participants included the full WPATH Board of Directors, representatives of the World Health Organization from Geneva, and clinicians and transgender community members from South America, Africa, and the Middle East.  Work is ongoing, and more detailed reports are forthcoming as discussions progress, but in the meantime, this blog entry from WPATH member Christine Burns of the UK is highly descriptive of our process and the progress to date.  Readers who wish to follow Christine’s blog posts may find them here:

Just Plain Sense 2-18-13.pdf