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 World Health Organization (WHO) insists that I, and millions of other trans people are sick. The WHO actually considers transsexualism to be a mental disorder.
Since facing and overcoming discrimination for being a transgender woman back in March - when I was kicked out of and then re-admitted to the Miss Universe Pageant - I've been working to fight the stigma and discrimination facing people like me.
Join me in signing this petition and ask the World Health Organization to stop considering transsexual people mentally ill.
This also doesn't mean trans people shouldn't be included in the health system and provided with treatments, however, this has nothing to do with us being classified as mentally ill.
The WHO is definitely willing to reconsider their choices, and they're actually in the process of revising the list right now. If we all speak up I'm sure we can make a difference.
Considering trans people as mentally ill serves only to contribute to the 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 it was the case with homosexuality, which came out of that list in 1990, now is the time to stop stigmatizing transexual people.
With the revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD 11) happening soon we ask you to stop considering transexuality as an illness.
This doesn’t mean that trans people 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.