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Transsexuality will no longer be classified as mental illness

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-05-17

Roselyne Bachelot, French Health Minister (pictured) announced through a spokesperson on Saturday that France would no longer classify transsexuality as a mental illness.

 

The French Ministry of Health announced through a spokesperson on Saturday that France would no longer classify transsexuality as a mental illness. The announcement came on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

 

 

Until now, transsexuals benefited from a state subsidy reserved for chronic illness - “recurring or persistent problems.”

 

 

The classification was linked to the fact that a leading medical journal, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, referred to both homosexuality and transsexuality as disorders.

 

 

The French organization Homosexuals and Socialism (HES) has applauded the move, calling it “a long-overdue vindication.”
 

Date created : 2009-05-17

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