Call for Nominations for Officers of the Board of Directors of USPATH:
The Unites States Professional Association for Transgender Health
Dear Members of WPATH:
WPATH is an international organization which focuses on global issues in transgender health. More local advocacy and policy can often be best accomplished by WPATH-affiliated regional associations. Each PATH has the advantage of WPATH affiliation while being able to focus activity and advocacy on the issues most important to that part of the world.
All U.S. members of WPATH will automatically be members of USPATH. USPATH will be a nonprofit organization, and will form when a Board of Directors is elected by the U. S. members of WPATH. Then that board will solidify bylaws, organize committees, and conduct business under the WPATH umbrella.
The members of the USPATH Taskforce are pleased to announce a call for nominations for candidates to run for officer positions (President, President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer) on the Board of Directors (BOD) of The United States Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH). Candidates must be full members of WPATH who reside in the United States. Please see criteria for the USPATH BOD by clicking here. Currently, we invite you to apply for the positions of USPATH Officers (President, President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer) in the following link. These Officers will be chosen by election by the U.S. members of WPATH. The elected Officers will work with the Steering Committee to determine the process for the election of the remaining members of the USPATH BOD. The deadline for applications is December 3, 2017.
USPATH becomes a legal entity when elections are held, and the organization is incorporated. A Steering Committee was formed to get the organization off the ground, but the members of the Steering Committee will step down once all the USPATH Board of Directors are in place. The Steering Committee has been hard at work to establish an open election process, criteria for nominations, and newly-drafted bylaws for USPATH, which the new board may choose to adopt as they move forward. Thank you for your participation in creating this new organization!
The USPATH Taskforce
Katherine (Kit) Rachlin, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
Josh Safer, M.D. (Co-Chair)
Lin Fraser, Ed.D.
Jamison Green, Ph.D.
Dan Karasic, M.D.
Gail Knudson, M.D.
Asa Radix, M.D.
Faii Sangganjanavanich, Ph.D.
Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD
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.
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
Save the Date!
WPATH 2018 Symposium – Buenos Aires
November 2-6, 2018
Hilton Buenos Aires, Argentina