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.


Announcement for SOC8 Chapter Applicants: 
For those of you that have applied to be a part of the SOC8 Chapters, thank you.
Please note that we have just been alerted by our hosting company that someone uploaded a document to the SOC8 application website that contained a virus. We upgraded our server earlier this month in response to reports of slower than expected uploads, thinking it was due to server size and the size of the CV’s, and we have been receiving many applications without issues since, however the hidden virus ended up being the root cause of some problems. We have been diligently working with the server host who is trying to reconstruct the applications that were lost. We estimate that this will affect approximately 10 applicants.

Blaine Vella, Associate Director, will be sending an email to the applicants whom applications we have successfully retrieved. If you do not receive an individual email from Blaine by 5pm eastern on Friday 9.15.17 ( confirming that we have everything we need from you and no further action is required, and you applied online, I am very sorry to inform you that will need to submit an application again. The virus is now contained on a separate server and will not cause further difficulties. The direct link to the application can be found by clicking here.
We, therefore, are extending the deadline for submission to September 22, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact us at
Please read these tips when applying online:
PLEASE NOTE – COMPLETE IN ONE SESSION –  Your answers/information cannot be saved as you go, once you leave the application or site, your information will need to be redone. We suggest saving your answers in a Word document and cutting/pasting into the online application when ready to, to avoid losing your information.
We have attached below a template word document that includes all the essay questions you’ll need to insert into the online application, please remember that you need to cut and paste these answers into the document, you cannot upload the Word file.
PLEASE NOTE – CV UPLOAD – The maximum size that can be uploaded is 100MB.
You may want to do this first, to ensure it was uploaded successfully before filling out the text portions of the application.
PLEASE NOTE – CONFORMATION EMAIL – Please check your junk/spam/clutter folders for the confirmation email.
Thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter and for reapplying, if necessary. As a reminder, we have extended the deadline for applications to September 22, 2017.

Gail Knudson MD
WPATH President


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 Members and Stakeholder Members. We invite you to participate in the writing of SOC 8 by applying here for one or more of the aforementioned positions through the link to the application below.

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.

  1. Global Applicability of the Standards of Care
  2. Terminology – Diagnostic criteria
  3. Epidemiologic Considerations
  4. Overview of Therapeutic Approaches for Gender Health
  5. Assessment, Support and Therapeutic Approaches for Children
  6. NEW: Assessment, Support and Therapeutic Approaches for Adolescents with Gender Variance/Dysphoria
  7. Assessment of Adults
  8. Assessment, Support and Therapeutic Approaches for Non-Binary Individuals
  9. Managing Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions in Adults
  10. Primary Care for Adults
  11. Hormone Therapy for Adolescents and Adults
  12. New: Sexual Health Across The Lifespan
  13. Reproductive Health for Adolescents and Adults
  14. Voice and Communication Therapy
  15. Surgery For Adolescents and Adults
  16. Postoperative Care and Follow-Up
  17. Applicability of the Standards of Care to People Living in Institutional Environments
  18. Applicability of the Standards of Care to People with Intersex Conditions
  19. NEW: Applicability of the Standards of Care to Eunuchs
  20. 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 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, 2017 with the Chapter Leads being appointed and announced in early October and the subsequent positions being announced in late October.

Apply now by clicking here: SOC8 Application

Should you have questions about the application process, please contact us at The link to the application will be placed on the home page at and the chapter and criteria documents will be placed on the WPATH website under the SOC tab for future reference.


Gail Knudson MD


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,

Kit Rachlin

WPATH Supports Students Health and Safety

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