On 19 January, 2015 the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) issued a statement asserting its position regarding legal gender recognition.
Significantly, WPATH stated:
- “No particular medical, surgical, or mental health treatment or diagnosis is an adequate marker for anyone’s gender identity, so these should not be requirements for legal gender change.”
- “WPATH Standard of Care 7 recognizes that there is a spectrum of gender identities, and that choices of identity limited to Male or Female may be inadequate to reflect all gender identities; an option of X or Other (as examples) may be advisable.”
- “Marital status and parental status should not affect legal recognition of gender change. . .”
- “. . . appropriate legal gender recognition should be available to transgender youth.”
- ” . . . urges governments to eliminate unnecessary barriers, and to institute simple and accessible administrative procedures for transgender people to obtain legal recognition of gender, consonant with each individual’s identity. . . “
The Scottish Transgender Alliance welcomes that WPATH, long regarded as the world’s foremost authority on the medical treatment of transgender people, has clearly stated that legal recognition should be completely separate from the medical processes and not contingent on any diagnosis. We are also pleased that they support access to legal gender recognition for transgender young people, and for the inclusion of a non-binary option.
These statements clearly align with the calls of our Equal Recognition campaign. It is good to see that our campaign is consistent not only with international trans human rights activism, but also with the views of leading medical gender specialists.
The full text of the WPATH statement can be read here. WPATH Statement on Legal Recognition of Gender Identity 1-19-15