For Immediate Release
November 15, 2017
This statement replaces WPATH’s Identity Recognition Statement of January 19, 2015.
WPATH Identity Recognition Statement
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) recognizes that, for optimal physical and mental health, persons must be able to freely express their gender identity, whether or not that identity conforms to the expectations of others. WPATH further recognizes the right of all people to identity documents consistent with their gender identity, including those documents which confer legal gender status. Such documents are essential to the ability of all people to enjoy rights and opportunities equal to those available to others; to access accommodation, education, employment, and health care; to travel; to navigate everyday transactions; and to enjoy safety. Transgender people, regardless of how they identify or appear, should enjoy the gender recognition all persons expect and deserve.
Medical and other barriers to gender recognition for transgender individuals may harm physical and mental health. WPATH opposes all medical requirements that act as barriers to those wishing to change legal sex or gender markers on documents. These include requirements for diagnosis, counseling or therapy, puberty blockers, hormones, any form of surgery (including that which involves sterilization), or any other requirements for any form of clinical treatment or letters from doctors. WPATH argues that marital and parental status should not be barriers to recognition of gender change, and opposes requirements for persons to undergo periods living in their affirmed gender, or for enforced waiting or 'cooling off' periods after applying for a change in documents. Further, court and judicial hearings can produce psychological, as well as financial and logistical barriers to legal gender change, and may also violate personal privacy rights or needs.
WPATH advocates that appropriate gender recognition should be available to transgender youth, including those who are under the age of majority, as well as to individuals who are incarcerated or institutionalized. WPATH recognizes that there is a spectrum of gender identities, and that choices of identity limited to Male or Female may be inadequate to reflect all gender identities. An option of X, NB (non-binary), or Other (as examples) should be available for individuals who so choose.
WPATH urges governments to eliminate barriers to gender recognition, and to institute transparent, affordable and otherwise accessible administrative procedures affirming self-determination, when gender markers on identity documents are considered necessary. These procedures should be based in law and protect privacy.
If you have any questions, please contact us at SOC8@wpath.org.
APPLY NOW for SOC8 Chapter Lead, Chapter Workgroup Member and Stakeholder Member Positions – Deadline is September 15, 2017 (see link below)
SOC8 President’s Update
August 24, 2017
With the Chair, Dr. Eli Coleman, and Co-chairs, Dr. Asa Radix and Dr. Jon Arcelus, in place, we are pleased to announce the call for Chapter Leads, Chapter Workgroup
The call for Standards of Care Version 8 applies to the following proposed chapters, the electronic application will allow you to apply for multiple positions and/or chapters all at once. We encourage you to apply for more than one position if applicable.
- Global Applicability of the Standards of Care
- Terminology – Diagnostic criteria
- Epidemiologic Considerations
- Overview of Therapeutic Approaches for Gender Health
- Assessment, Support and Therapeutic Approaches for Children
- NEW: Assessment, Support and Therapeutic Approaches for Adolescents with Gender Variance/Dysphoria
- Assessment of Adults
- Assessment, Support and Therapeutic Approaches for Non-Binary Individuals
- Managing Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions in Adults
- Primary Care for Adults
- Hormone Therapy for Adolescents and Adults
- New: Sexual Health Across The Lifespan
- Reproductive Health for Adolescents and Adults
- Voice and Communication Therapy
- Surgery For Adolescents and Adults
- Postoperative Care and Follow-Up
- Applicability of the Standards of Care to People Living in Institutional Environments
- Applicability of the Standards of Care to People with Intersex Conditions
- NEW: Applicability of the Standards of Care to Eunuchs
- NEW: Competency, Training, Education, Ethics
The criteria for each position already published in previous communications are included again on the application itself for your reference. An authorship statement is included on the application for your review and acceptance. We have also included space for applicants to disclose any potential conflicts of interest such as a personal or direct reporting relationship with a Chair, Co-Chair or a WPATH Board Member. Holding a position on the Board of Directors should also be disclosed in the application. This disclosure will not limit the participation of an applicant in the SOC revision process but allows WPATH to make appropriate arrangements, to ensure a nonpartial review. Any reviewers involved in these potential conflicts of interest will be asked to recuse themselves from the review process in these cases.
While many candidates will apply directly, a nomination may be just the encouragement someone needs to consider the opportunity. If you wish to nominate someone to be invited to apply, please send a letter of nomination to SOC8@wpath.org and the executive office will send a letter of invitation containing all relevant application process information.
The deadline for submitting applications for all positions is September 15,
Should you have questions about the application process, please contact us at SOC8@wpath.org. The link to the application will be placed on the home page at WPATH.org. and the chapter and criteria documents will be placed on the WPATH website under the SOC tab for future reference.
Gail Knudson MD
NEW FULL-MEMBER CO-CHAIR OF THE WPATH STUDENT INITIATIVE
Dear Members of WPATH,
For the past four years I have served as the founding Co-Chair of the WPATH Student Initiative (WSI) and have had the pleasure of working on the WSI under three supportive WPATH presidents (Dr. Lin Fraser, Dr. Jamison Green, and Dr. Gail Knudson), three boards of directors, and two sensational Co-Chairs. I want to acknowledge the important work of Dr. Colton Keo-Meier who served with me as founding student co-chair to get the Student Initiative off the ground and on its feet for the first few years. More recently, it has been my great pleasure to work with Luke Roy Allen, the real force behind the current WSI. Luke has brought great energy and professional skills to his work as the student Co-Chair. He continues to devote hours every day to advocate on behalf of our student members and to produce events such as the upcoming WPATH Graduate Student Research Symposia at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference on September 8, 2017. (Please attend if you are in Philadelphia!)
While I will continue to remain involved in the Student Initiative, I am stepping down to pursue other projects and am now very glad to turn over my position in the WSI to Dr. Alex Laungani. Dr. Laungani is a board certified plastic surgeon from Belgium, currently in the process of completing a second plastic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in the USA. He has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community at large for many years and has been a member of WPATH since 2014. He is active in national and international meetings on transgender surgical care and is leading multiple research projects on outcomes after gender confirmation surgery. I am very pleased that he has agreed to take on the co-leadership of the student initiative and I am sure that he will do an amazing job.
Thank you all for your support of the student initiative. It has been a pleasure to serve our student members and I know that the WSI is in good hands.
Warm regards to you all,
WPATH Supports Students Health and Safety
Please see official statement here
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WPATH 2018 Symposium – Buenos Aires
November 2-6, 2018
Hilton Buenos Aires, Argentina