I know that title sounds dramatic, but bear with me, because transgender lives are at stake.
If you aren’t aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced changes to gender non-conformity guidelines. These guidelines remove “gender identity disorder” (GID) as a “mental disorder”. Instead, the guidelines have been moved into the sexual health portion of global health guidelines.
At first glance, this seems like a good thing. There are more than a few trans* activist groups that have worked diligently for this move. However, I believe that this will make it harder for trans* people (especially people of color and poor trans* people) to access proper medical care.