Press Release of the Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities, December 1, 2010:
English Version of Best Practices Guide for Trans Health Care Published
In October 2010, the Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities published a document designed to promote non-pathologizing health care policies. This week the English translation of the Best Practices Guide has been launched. This effort is part of the international campaign "Stop Trans Pathologization" (STP 2012) that on Saturday October 23, 2010 celebrated demonstrations and activities in 61 cities around the world.
A best-practice guide for trans persons' health care was published on October 17, 2010 by the Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities with the aim of proposing a new model of trans health care. The guide sets forth proposals that guarantee an individual's right of decision-making over his or her own body within a context of counseling and informed consent, thereby substituting an empowering model for the current judgmental one.
The guide, developed by trans activists and researchers, discusses the principal criticisms of the present health care model and proposes alternative concepts for the implementation of a non-pathologizing trans health model.
Although initially developed for the Spanish health care context, the guide has been received with great interest by the international trans community, professional associations and human right organizations. This week the English translation of the guide has been published.
The publication of the guide in October 2010 forms part of the International STP 2012 Campaign that since 2007 calls each October for mobilizations in order to demand the removal of Gender Identity Disorder as a mental illness from the international diagnosis manuals. Last Saturday October 23 represented a new milestone for the international trans movement, because there were simultaneous demonstrations and activities in 61 different cities throughout the world.
In releasing this Best-Practices Guide, the Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities wishes to put out on the table principles and concrete proposals to promote a health care model for trans people that is based on a non-pathologizing viewpoint.
The Spanish Network for Depathologization of Trans Identities invites the trans activist groups all over the world to widely publicize and distribute this document, to discuss it in their communities, and to adapt it to the needs and priorities of their specific context.
For more information:
WEB STP-2012 INTERNATIONAL: www.stp2012.info
BLOG STP-2012 SPAIN: http://stp2012.wordpress.com