According to WHO (the World Health Organisation), being Transsexual is classed as a mental illness. This is NOT the case. Being Transsexual is something we are born with, and many of us go through a long struggle to be who we really are on the inside.
For me, it has been a long journey of ups and downs. Trying to find the support I needed was hard, and often in my early days I would be called names. People would say I was not normal for being who I am, which is the most deeply hurtful thing to hear.
I hid myself away for a number of years, too scared to be myself. But as time went by, I knew I had to find a way to be who I truly am on the inside.
I finally came out in 2009, and I have not looked back since. I’m not sick. I’m transgender.
But powerful organisations like the World Health Organisation (WHO) say that transsexualism is a mental disorder -- it’s on their list of mental illnesses.
This isn’t only incredibly hurtful and degrading for people like me around the world, it also supports and perpetuates attitudes that do huge damage both mentally and physically.
Decades ago, the World Health Organisation classified homosexuality as a mental illness -- something that is unthinkable today.
So many countries have asked WHO to remove transexuality from that list. In 2011, the European Parliament called on WHO to cease to consider transsexuality as a disease. But today transexuality is still there.
Right now, WHO is revising the classification. It's time to say it loud and clear: transsexuals are not sick. Please sign and share the petition.
This is a global campaign in which we are joining together from all parts of the globe to have this revised.
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