World Health Organisation (WHO) : We Are Trans* Not Sick!!
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World Health Organisation (WHO) : We Are Trans* Not Sick!!

    1. Petition by

      Maxwell Zachs

      stockholm, Sweden

My name is Max, I'm a person like everybody else and I have the right to live my life without stigma, without people telling me I am sick because of how I live or how I look.
I'm not sick. I'm Transgender.

But the World Health Organization (WHO) insists that I am sick. Transsexualism is still part of the list of WHO's mental illness list.

Gender is not an illness, its just a part of who I am, like being Jewish or vegetarian or sometimes talking too much! Considering transexual people as mentally ill serves only to contribute to their discrimination.

So many countries have requested WHO to remove transexuality from that list. Even the European Parliament in September 2011 adopted a resolution calling on the WHO to cease to consider transsexuality as a disease. But today transexuality is still there.

The WHO is revising the classification. It's time to say it loud and clear: transexuals are not sick. As was the case with homosexuality, which came out of that list in 1990, now is the time to stop stigmatising transexual people.

This doesn’t mean that we should be excluded from the health system: pregnant women are not sick, but they have medical protocols and assistance. The same should happen with trans people.

The WHO should actively be developing a classification that allows trans people to get the medical help them need to transition without depending on a mental health diagnosis that serves to stigmatise them.

October 20 marks the International Day of Action for Trans Despathologization. Join me in signing this petition and ask the World Health Organization to stop considering transsexual people like me as mentally ill.

Maxwell Zachs, Channel Four's 'My Transsexual Summer'.

Other supporters:

'My name is Drew-Ashlyn, for years I tried to fit into the norm, when really it should be the norm trying to fit in with me. I'm proud to be who I am and not what I am. Labels should not define us. We're all soft and pink on the inside and should embrace who we are. Please help and sign the petition if you too want to help show the world that your proud of who you are" Drew-Ashlyn, Channel Four's 'My Transsexual Summer'.

"My name is Fox. People who don't identify with the gender they are born into are strong, courageous individuals who have a lengthy journey to fully experience who they are. Many don't make it. Every single person has a network of friends and family, as well as hopes and aspirations for life, just like you. As a human race, it seems so obvious that separation and domination have no place in the new paradigm. I have found that guilt and shame are completely wasted emotions. Love yourself and your whole world will change too"
Fox, Channel Four's 'My Transsexual Summer'.

"I'm Lewis and I was born into a female body. That doesn't define me, but it is important in the sense that I wouldn't be here today, living my life to it's fullest, if it wasn't for the necessary treatment I've had. Being transgendered isn't an illness. To be forced to live in a body that we feel so uncomfortable in, to live a life that doesn't belong to us - that would cause us illness, depression, no quality of life. Transitioning can be the solution to the problem. When we finally feel comfortable in our own skin, we are a person of ambitions and dreams, love and laughter, living like any human should be. Please sign this petition, because to put it simply, I guess there are people that still don't and refuse to understand"
Lewis, Channel Four's 'My Transsexual Summer'.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. An Editorial by Sarah Savage <3

      Maxwell Zachs
      Petition Organizer
      Maxwell Zachs... And the WunderTrans: We Need To Talk About Trans Mental Health

      Max: There has been a lot of talk recently about Transgender people and Mental Health. On the one hand we've got LGBTQ Charities quite rightly raising the alarm that suicide in the Trans* community is reaching tragic proportions- that we are internalising the often violent attitude of society in on ourselves.

    3. Why its important to me!

      Maxwell Zachs
      Petition Organizer

      Its been a good few years since I first stood in a doctors office and confessed my desire, no my need to transition. Since then I've spent hundreds of hours in various doctors offices, waiting rooms, hospitals, and surgical units. Exempting one or two positive occasions I have been treated in the most horrific and degrading manner on almost every occasion by the medical staff who were sworn and employed to look after me.
      In 2010 I went to my local GP in North London with severe Bronchitis, the doctor treated me with complete respect until he saw the dramatic scars that divide my torso in two- the place where my breasts were removed. After seeing this he refused to touch me or listen to my chest and insisted on re-booking me with a different doctor- a female one. This wasn't an isolated experience- I've had doctors refuse to register me, refuse to prescribe me hormones and refuse me sexual health screening.
      Read more:

      Maxwell Zachs... And the WunderTrans

      A blog by Maxwell Zachs, Transgender Jew and My Transsexual Summer Channel 4 cast member.

    4. Reached 5,000 signatures
    5. Wooooooo! Canada!

      Maxwell Zachs
      Petition Organizer
      World Health Organization: Trans people aren't sick!

      I'm not sick. In fact I'm great! I'm a women that had to undergo transgender medical procedures to become who I really am on in the inside. But the...

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures
    7. Mental Illness

      Maxwell Zachs
      Petition Organizer

      Not that there is anything wrong with suffering from Mental Illness, in fact lets campaign for transsexuality to be removed from the list of mental illnesses AND for people to stop stigmatising people with mental illness

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. Keep going!

      Maxwell Zachs
      Petition Organizer

      We just broke 15,000 this is a huge milestone! Please don't just sign and forget, please sign and ask your friends and family to sign too!

    10. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Phoenix Caladrius LINCOLN, NE
      • 9 months ago

      I have a trans child and several trans friends. They don't seem any more mentally ill than the rest of us, to me.

    • Alison Smith ANTIOCH, CA
      • 9 months ago

      They are no different than anybody else

    • svetlana vostok IPSWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      i am trans too, and i agree with the aim.

      • 9 months ago

      Trans* people and those who do not follow the gender binary have the right to be treated with the same kind of respect as those who follow their assigned gender. They are not mentally ill and I find the idea that they are a great insult. There is a huge need for the public to be better informed on the trans* community so that people are more understanding and less prejudiced

      • 10 months ago

      trans* is a legitimate gender identity, the representation of trans* individuals is not enough not to mention the sheer level of transphobia that exists within our society


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