Officials in Denmark have announced that the nation will no longer classify being transgender as a mental illness, the first country in the world to do so.
Trans issues are more visible than ever before, and yet the World Health Organization still classifies being trans as a disorder (though the WHO is reportedly working to revise that definition). Denmark, on the other hand, will formally separate itself from that classification, effective January 1, 2017.
“At the moment, transgender is listed as a mental illness or behavioural problem,” Social Democrat health spokesman Flemming Moller Mortensen told Danish news agency Ritzau. “That is incredibly stigmatising and in no way reflects how we see transgender people in Denmark. It should be a neutral diagnosis.”
He added: “The WHO is currently working on a new system for registering diagnoses. It has been working on it for a very, very long time. Now we’ve run out of patience, and want to send out a signal saying that if the system is not changed by October, then we in Denmark will go it alone.”
HELL YES, Denmark. Set a precedent and demand that the rest of the world follows your lead. Yes yes yes.
Iceland is officially the #1 most peaceful
country on Earth. According to the
Global Peace Index’s 2016 report of 163
surveyed countries, Denmark, Austria,
New Zealand, Portugal, Czech Republic,
Switzerland, Canada, Japan, and
Slovenia also land in the top 10, while
the United States ranks 103rd.