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posted Friday, September 30, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 39
New standards of care for Trans people announced
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New standards of care for Trans people announced

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) released its latest Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People on September 25.

WPATH launched the seventh version of its standards of care with some 300 people in attendance at an Atlanta symposium.

The event was a partnership between WPATH, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and the Southern Comfort Conference, the country's largest Transgender conference.

Seattle activist Marsha Botzer, a WPATH board member since 1984, was on the revision committee. She also chaired an international advisory committee charged with 'gathering input from different cultures to get a non-Western, non-European viewpoint.'

'This is a dynamic change,' Botzer told SGN, 'a really powerful change in the way providers relate to Trans people.

'[The standards] have moved from being guidelines that meet the needs of providers to guidelines that meet the needs of Trans people themselves.

'The [Transgender] community has been pretty angry with the standards over the years - they were so restrictive,' Botzer added. 'The current crop of providers really get it - that they have to serve the community.'

Revision committee chair Eli Coleman announced the new standards to the symposium.

'This is a momentous occasion,' Coleman said before he went into a brief explanation of the new standards of care.

'This was a very, very important task. Just the title is a fundamental change - you do not see Gender Identity Disorder,' Coleman said to a round of applause.

'We've made a clear statement that gender nonconformity is not pathological,' a statement greeted with another round of applause from attendees.

'We've set a whole different tone. It's more about what the professionals have to do' and not about Transgender people having to prove their health needs to the professionals, he explained.

When Coleman announced that the new standards of care state in no uncertain terms that 'reparative therapy is unethical,' there was even more applause.

'This is no longer about hormones and surgery; it's about health in a holistic sense,' Coleman said.

Servers then brought out champagne flutes to attendees and to members of the standards of care revision committee, and all raised several toasts after the new standards were announced.

Among the changes in the new standards:

o Psychotherapy is no longer a requirement to receive hormones and surgery, although it is suggested.

o A number of community health centers in the U.S. have developed protocols for providing hormone therapy based on an approach known as the Informed Consent Model. WPATH's new standards of care are now consistent with these protocols.

o There are now different standards for surgery, as well.

For example, a Transgender man who wants a hysterectomy no longer has to live one year as a male in order to receive the surgery. Likewise, a Transgender woman who wants her testicles removed does not have to live one year as a female.

For people who want genital reconstructive surgery, however, the standards of care recommend living a year in the role of the gender they are transitioning to.

o The new standards also allow for a broader spectrum of identities, in contrast to the binary 'male' or 'female' choice.

Walter Bockting, the outgoing president of WPATH, said in an interview before the launch event that the new standards represent a significant departure from the past six versions - the original version was published in 1979 with revisions made in 1980, 1981, 1990, 1998, and 2001.

'Some of the changes we've made really incorporate the latest science,' Bockting said. 'Research in this area is really increasing so it is still a growing area but there has been a boom in research publications. Our standards of care are more evidence-based.'

Bockting added that the new WPATH standards of care also show the tremendous efforts of Transgender people themselves to ensure their access to healthcare.

'Oftentimes the standards of care were perceived as a barrier even though they were meant as access to care for hormone therapy and surgery,' he said.

'The new standards showcase the important role [Transgender and gender-nonconforming people] have played in changing the landscape of Transgender health in the U.S.,' Bockting added.

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