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Being transgender is no longer mental illness in Denmark

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Copenhagen, May 13: Denmark announced it will remove “transgender” from the country’s official list of mental illnesses, saying it has run out of patience waiting for the World Health Organization to make the change. The move will make Denmark the first tion in the world to make the amendment. As of January, 1, 2017, the word “transgender” will no longer be listed under the Ministry of Health’s definition of mental illness, the ministry confirmed, as reported by RT online. “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 sigl saying that if the system is not changed by October, then we in Denmark will go it alone,” Social Democrat health spokesman Flemming Møller Mortensen told Ritzau news agency. Those thoughts were echoed by Health Minister Sophie Lohde, who confirmed that if the WHO changes were not completed by autumn, Copenhagen would seek a “Danish solo act” and change the definition itself. (IANS)

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