Saturday, February 13, 2010

France: Transsexuality No Longer a Psychiatric Condition [queer news highlight]

As it had been announced by the French Health Minister, Roselyne Bachelot back on the 16th of May 2009 (on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia-- a day prominently marked in France), France would remove transsexuality from its list of psychiatric conditions. An official statement was released on the 10th of February 2010 announcing that France had formally withdrawn transsexuality from its list of "long-term psychiatric diseases."

Joël Bedos, French representative of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) congratulated France on being the first country to remove transsexuality from its list of mental pathologies. The cost of health care for transitioning will still be taken care of by the government.

Link to IDAHO site: Click here.
Sources from the French newspapers Le Monde and Liberation: Click here, here and here.

2 comments:

Rahul Saha said...

About time too. Now maybe the rest of Europe will fall in line.

Pascalou said...

Is France the first european country to do so?

I hope we were preceded? We're just so late on those subjects. For instance, my grand-ma only had the right of vote when she was 31 (1944 or 1945). We were probably one of the latest in Europe.