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By Sharon Gaughan

PARIS (AFP) — Transsexuality will no longer be classified in France as mental illness, according to a government decision Saturday that qualifies as “historic” by concerned organizations, on the eve of the World Day against homophobia and transphobia.

Roselyne Bachelot, Health Minister, issued a staement today that decrees the removal of transsexuality from the list of psychiatric disorders, reported a spokesman for the ministry.

So far, transsexuals have enjoyed an exemption from co-payment for medical care in the ALD23 for afflictions under classified as long-term and persistent disorders.

For the Department of Health, it is a “strong signal to the whole community ” of agreement that with the position of transsexuals that inclusion under ALD23 is stigmatizing.

This classification, derived from that of the World Health Organization (WHO), was also linked to the fact that transsexuality was on the list of diseases identified in the DSM medical manual (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) that guides the medical profession, just as homosexuality had for many years.

In an article published in Le Monde dated Sunday-Monday, many leaders, including First Secretary of the PS Martine Aubry, the Communist Marie-George Buffet, Green Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Nobel Prize winners Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (medicine) and Elfriede Jelinek (literature), have requested that WHO “no longer consider transsexuals as mentally disordered. ”

This is based on the WHO decision on 17 May 1990 to delete homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses; the same data was chosen for the World Day against homophobia and widely celebrated on Saturday and Sunday.

France chose the symbolism to be “the first country in the world” to “delete transidentité from the list of mental illness, commented the Committee IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and transphobia).

This “historic decision” is also “an explosion of hope for all trans people around the world, “said Joel Bedos, Secretary General Committee IDAHO.

The association, Homosexualités et Socialisme (HES), issued a “welcome” message that supports the “long-range” claims of the lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) in France. For UAS, it is time now to move from the concrete symbol in fighting against trans violence and discrimination.

Beyond “this declassification, it is still necessary to ensure that the transgendered are completely recognized as citizens of the front rank”,
insisted the Coordinating Inter-LGBT committee.

Transsexuality will no longer be classified as a mental disorder in France

France announced that transsexuality will no longer be classified as a mental disease.

Concerned associations announced the historic government decision regarding the declassification of transsexuality as a mental disease on Saturday, the day before the World Day to fight Homophobia and transphobia.

The Minister for Health, Roselyne Bachelot, chose yesterday to issue the decree removing transsexualism from the category of psychiatric afflictions, said a spokesman for the ministry.

The Ministry of Health’s action sent a powerful signal to the transsexual community that it recognized inclusion in ALD23 (their DSM) was stigmatizing.

This classification, rising from that of  The World Health Organization (WHO), was also related to the fact that the transsexuality was included on the list of the pathologies listed in the medical handbook DSM (Diagnosis and Statistical Manual off Mental Disorders) to which refers the medical community, just like  homosexuality until a few years ago.

In a political statement published in Le Monde last Sunday-Monday,  many noted individuals including first secretary of the PS Martine Aubry, the Marie-George Buffet Communist, the Green Daniel Cohn-Bendit or the Francoise Nobel Prize Barred-Sinoussi (medicine) or Elfriede Jelinek (literature), asked l’ WHO ”  to no longer regard  transsexuals as having a mental disorder.

Because  WHO had decided on May 17, 1990 remove homosexuality of the list of the mental diseases, this date has become the day appointed for the World Day Against Homophobia, celebrated Saturday and Sunday in many places.

The Association of Homosexuality and Socialism (HES) also placed this advertisement which says “On this important day for ” the French lesbian, gay, Bi and trans  Community (LGBT). and for HES, it is  time, now, to move from the symbolic to  concrete acts, while fighting against violences and discriminations which weigh heavily on the transpeople.

Inter-LGBT coordination insisted that “Beyond this measure of declassification there remains much to do to insure that transsexuals are fully recognized as first class citizens.

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La transsexualité ne sera plus classée maladie mentale en France

I need someone to translate this from French.  I am Babel Fishing it now but an actual translation would be best

PARIS (AFP) — La transsexualité ne sera plus classée en France comme une maladie mentale, une décision gouvernementale qualifiée samedi d'”historique” par les associations concernées, à la veille de la journée mondiale de lutte contre l’homophobie et la transphobie.

La ministre de la Santé, Roselyne Bachelot, a saisi “ces derniers jours” la Haute autorité de santé en vue d’un décret sortant la transsexualité de la catégorie des affections psychiatriques, a déclaré une porte-parole du ministère.
Jusqu’à présent, les transsexuels bénéficiaient d’une exonération du ticket modérateur pour leur prise en charge médicale au titre d’une affection de longue durée classifiée ALD23 pour “troubles récurrents ou persistants”.
Pour le ministère de la Santé, il s’agit d’un “signal fort envoyé à l’ensemble de la communauté”, les transsexuels ressentant “cette admission en ALD23 comme stigmatisante”.
Cette classification, découlant de celle de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), était aussi liée au fait que la transsexualité figurait sur la liste des pathologies recensées dans le manuel médical DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) auquel se réfère le corps médical, tout comme l’était l’homosexualité il y quelques années.
Dans une tribune parue dans Le Monde daté de dimanche-lundi, de nombreuses personnalités dont la première secrétaire du PS Martine Aubry, la communiste Marie-George Buffet, le Vert Daniel Cohn-Bendit ou encore les Prix Nobel Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (médecine) ou Elfriede Jelinek (littérature), ont demandé à l’OMS “de ne plus considérer les transsexuels comme atteints de troubles mentaux”.
C’est parce que l’OMS avait décidé le 17 mai 1990 de sortir l’homosexualité de la liste des maladies mentales, que cette date a été retenue pour la Journée mondiale contre l’homophobie, célébrée dimanche et dès samedi dans de nombreux endroits.
Il est donc symbolique que la France choisisse ce moment-là pour être “le premier pays au monde” à “supprimer la transidentité de la liste des maladies mentales”, a commenté le Comité IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and transphobia).
Cette “décision historique” est aussi “une explosion d’espoir pour toutes les personnes trans du monde”, a estimé Joël Bedos, secrétaire général du Comité IDAHO.
L’association Homosexualités et Socialisme (HES) a “salué” également cette annonce qui répond “à une revendication portée de longue date” de la communauté lesbienne, gay, bi et trans de France (LGBT). Pour HES, il est “temps, à présent, de passer du symbole aux actes concrets, en luttant contre les violences et les discriminations qui pèsent sur les trans”.
Car au-delà de “cette mesure de déclassification, il reste encore beaucoup à faire pour que le transsexuels (…) soient pleinement reconnus comme des citoyens de première zone”, a insisté pour sa part la coordination Inter-LGBT.

May 17: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

This year, IDAHO is focusing on transphobia: Each year, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (the “IDAHO”, as it is usually called), will see actions and initiatives take place in many countries and contexts and on many different issues.

All these activities and initiatives are a very strong signal to all, decisions makers, public opinion, civil rights movements, human rights defenders, etc. throughout the world that our fights for our Rights as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, intersex, etc… is vibrant!

The Day provides all different kind of actors with a very powerful opportunity to express their demands and to advocate for their case. Each year also, the IDAHO aims at using the extra public, political and media attention that it provides at all levels to highlight one specific aspect of the struggle for sexual rights.

This year, we chose to highlight the often neglected but important issue of Transphobia.

Click here to read the full appeal for rights for all trans people across the world (pdf). And then click here to sign the appeal yourself.

Remember, this is an international appeal, so anyone can sign. And of course, don’t forget to spread the word.

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