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FROM THE WPATH NEWS ROOM

June 11, 2014 

We are delighted to inform the WPATH membership that on Monday, June 9th, 2014 the American Medical Association joined the World Health Organization in adopting a policy declaring that transgender individuals should not be required to undergo genital surgery or forced sterilization in order to change legal identification documents, including birth certificates. The WHO’s interagency statement, released in late May, focuses on the elimination of forced sterilization while ensuring sterilization is available for those who desire it. The AMA’s statement addresses the problems of linking preventive treatment to a sex designation, and urges access to healthcare for a trans person’s body regardless of paper records. AMA President, Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D. said, "The AMA seeks to ensure that transgender patients always receive appropriate preventive care regardless of whether or not it matches with the gender on the birth certificate."

As our members may know, WPATH has been recommending these policies since 2010. 

The links below provide further information on these important policy texts for your review.

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/ pub/news/news/2014/2014-06-09- modernizing-birth-certificate- policies.page

http://www.who.int/ reproductivehealth/ publications/gender_rights/ eliminating-forced- sterilization/en/

We encourage our membership to send any important newsworthy articles to the attention of Sue O’Sullivan, WPATH Communications Director at sue@veritasmeetings.com or directly to the WPATH President, Dr. Jamison Green at jamisong@earthlink.net