From today’s Guardian:
Denmark will next year declassify “being transgender” as a mental illness, lawmakers from the parliament health committee have announced.
“It is completely inappropriate to call it a sickness,” the committee’s deputy chairman Flemming Moller Mortensen said on Tuesday.
“There is a longstanding wish from the trans community in Denmark to have it removed” from the health ministry’s clinical guidelines on illnesses, he added.
The move, which would come into force on 1 January, is also intended to put pressure on the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has yet to remove transsexualism from its list of mental disorders.
Denmark has “no more patience” with the WHO, which will discuss the issue later this year, Mortensen said.
Amnesty International hailed the Danish decision, saying it made Denmark “a role model for transgendered people’s rights”.