Article Title:"Being trans is not an illness"
Author or Credit:Jacqui Stanford
Published on:22nd October 2011 - 08:13 am
Internet Archive link:
NDHA link:
Note that the National Library of New Zealand (NDHA) website uses both cookies and frames. The first time you click on a link it first may take you to the archived front page of Close the window and try again. This is because the NDHA website uses cookies and you cannot access an indiviual page without visiting the front page first
Story ID:10957
Text:New Zealand's queer communities are being urged to support the international day of action for the Stop Trans Pathologisation campaign (STP2011) today. Around the world trans people will be protesting against medical diagnoses that define gender diversity as a disorder. In New Zealand, Auckland-based trans organisation GenderBridge is launching an online Facebook campaign. "Trans people are part of the rich diversity of humanity. Being trans is not an illness," says Genderbridge Chair Jaimie Veale. "In Aotearoa and across the Pacific there is a proud history of gender diversity. Whakawahine, tangata ira tane, fa'afafine, leiti and trans people should be treated with dignity and respect - not labelled as having a ‘gender identity disorder'." Genderbridge is expressing hope all members of the glbti community will support STP2011, knowing how important it was for them to fight to have homosexuality removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders in 1973 and from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990. It says more than 20 years later, trans people around the world are lobbying the World Health Organisation to remove all references in the ICD that define trans people or gender diversity as 'disorders'. "Trans people who physically transition require certain health services. It is time to stop labelling gender diversity as an illness, and start treating trans people as equal human beings, with some specific health needs." Jacqui Stanford - 22nd October 2011    
Disclaimer:This page displays a version of the article with all formatting and images removed. It was harvested automatically and some text content may not have been fully captured correctly: access this content at your own risk. A copy of the full article is available (off-line) at the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. This online version is provided for personal research and review and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of If you have queries or concerns about this article please email us
Reproduction note:Just before closed in May 2017, the website owners wrote this article about reproducing content from the website: "our work has always been available for glbti people to use and all we ask is that you not plagiarise it... if you use it anywhere please attribute it to and where there is an authors name attached please acknowledge that writer."