Peru Reverses Course: Transgender Identity No Longer Classified as Mental Illnesses

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.26 - 2024 8:59 AM CET

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This decision comes just a month after the government had classified these LGBT identities as pathologies.

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On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health of Peru announced that it has removed transgender identity and cross-dressing from its list of mental illnesses or health problems.

According to europapress this decision comes just a month after the government, through a decree signed by President Dina Boluarte, had classified these LGBT identities as pathologies.

Government Reversal Following Criticism

The initial decree sparked significant backlash from human rights groups and the LGBT community, who argued that such classifications perpetuate stigma and discrimination.

The reversal of this policy marks a significant shift in the government's stance on LGBT issues.

By declassifying transgender identity and cross-dressing as mental illnesses, Peru aligns itself with modern medical standards and international human rights practices.

Commitment to Human Rights and Inclusivity

In response to the criticism, the Ministry of Health emphasized its commitment to promoting inclusivity and respect for human rights.

The removal of these classifications is seen as a step towards reducing discrimination and improving the mental health and well-being of the LGBT community in Peru.

Moving forward, the government aims to foster a more inclusive society where all individuals are respected and valued for their identities.