Public Policies and Communications

WPATH Supports Students Health and Safety

February 2017

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) today affirms its commitment to the health and safety of transgender students in the U.S. and across the world. 

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WPATH Timeline Guide for United States Armed Service Members Going Through Transgender Hormonal or Surgical Transition

January 2017

This guide is intended to assist in determining relative deployability of transgender service members during hormonal and surgical transition.  Customization of the specific treatment plan should be discussed by the medical provider and the service member informed by duty requirements and the below timeline guidance.

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Position Statement on Medical Necessity of Treatment, Sex Reassignment, and Insurance Coverage in the U.S.A.

December 21, 2016

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WPATH Statement about Medical Necessity of Electrolysis

July 15, 2016

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WPATH Statement Against Forced Anal Exams
June 23, 2016
 
The United Nations’ "Principles of Medical Ethics Relevant to the Role of Health Personnel, Particularly Physicians, in the Protection of Prisoners and Detainees Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” prohibits health personnel from "participation in, complicity in, incitement to, or attempts to commit torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Further, the 1975 Tokyo Declaration of the World Medical Association strictly forbids medical personnel from engaging in acts of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and requires them to protect the confidentiality of medical information. However, since 2011, in at least eight countries, medical personnel have participated in forced anal examinations of men and transgender women who are charged with consensual same-sex conduct. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other forms of Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment has described forced anal examinations as "medically worthless.”  The Independent Forensic Experts Group, composed of forensic medicine specialists from around the world, has determined that "the examination has no value in detecting abnormalities in anal sphincter tone that can be reliably attributed to consensual anal intercourse.”
 
The Board of Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is deeply disturbed by the complicity of medical personnel in these involuntary examinations that have absolutely no medical or scientific value, and are a violation of a person’s bodily integrity. That medical personnel would also prepare "medical reports” which are used in trials to convict men and transgender women of sexual offenses is an unethical and inhumane abuse of medical authority.
 
The WPATH Board of Directors calls on the medical profession as a whole to abstain from participation in forced anal examinations, urges WPATH members to advocate for their own National Medical Councils to officially prohibit doctors from participating in such examinations, and calls upon the World Health Organization to adopt an official stance opposing forced anal examinations as unscientific and in violation of medical ethics. 

 

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January 19, 2015

 

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.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2014
WPATH Statement Concerning Cross-dressing, Gender-Nonconformity, and Gender Dysphoria


The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) calls for the repeal of laws criminalizing gender non-conformity and expression of transgender identity.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2010
WPATH Identity Recognition Statement

The Board of Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), in the interest of the health and well-being of transgender and transsexual people world-wide, issued today, 16 June 2010, the following identity recognition statement:
No person should have to undergo surgery or accept sterilization as a condition of identity recognition. If a sex marker is required on an identity document, that marker could recognize the person's lived gender, regardless of reproductive capacity. The WPATH Board of Directors urges governments and other authoritative bodies to move to eliminate requirements for identity recognition that require surgical procedures. To download a copy of this statement, please click here.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2010
WPATH De-Psychopatholisation Statement

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has prepared and released a statement urging the de-psychopathologisation of gender variance worldwide. The statement is as follows:
The WPATH Board of Directors strongly urges the de-psychopathologisation of gender variance worldwide. The expression of gender characteristics, including identities, that are not stereotypically associated with one's assigned sex at birth is a common and culturally-diverse human phenomenon which should not be judged as inherently pathological or negative. The psychopathologlisation of gender characteristics and identities reinforces or can prompt stigma, making prejudice and discrimination more likely, rendering transgender and transsexual people more vulnerable to social and legal marginalisation and exclusion, and increasing risks to mental and physical well-being. WPATH urges governmental and medical professional organizations to review their policies and practices to eliminate stigma toward gender-variant people." To download a copy of this statement, please click here.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2010
WPATH Reaction to DSM-V Criteria for Gender Incongruence

The WPATH Board of Directors and the Chairs of the DSM Consensus Building Process Work Group of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, would like to thank all those who contributed their expertise to draft our formal response to the proposed DSM 5 Criteria for Gender Incongruence. To view WPATH's response, please click here.


WPATH Responds to Alberta, Canada's Decision to Delist Sexual Reassignment Surgery as a Covered Medical Benefit.
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