Miss Universe Canada Contestant Wants WHO to Stop Stigmatizing Trans People
BY Michelle Garcia
October 23 2012 4:14 PM ET
Former Miss Universe Canada competitor Jenna Talackova is part of an effort urging the World Health Organization to stop classifying people with transgender identities as having a mental disorder.
"I'm not sick, I'm fantastic," she says.
The effort is linked to a group of Change.org petitions asking the World Health Organization to remove transsexuality from its list of mental illnesses, taking the cue from several other countries, as well as the European Parliament, which also want the WHO to make the change. So far about 45,000 signatures have been gathered as the organization reviews its health guidelines this year.
The WHO amended its list in the 1990s to remove homosexuality from its classifications of mental disorders. The current drive wants the WHO to amend its list to end the stigmatization of transgender people in health care.
Watch Talackova's video below:
- Buck Angel Shuts Down Transgender Surgery Fundraising Site
- PHOTOS: 6 Couples Australia's High Court Says Aren't Married Anymore
- WATCH: The Best of LGBT Chorus Holiday Music
- WATCH: Right Wing Swoons Over Antigay Colo. Baker Ready to Go to Jail for Jesus
- WATCH: Trailer for the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending Premieres Online
- Blogger: Salvation Army No Friend to LGBT Folks
- Marriage Equality Australia's High Court Says These Couples Aren't Married December 11 2013 8:37 PM
- Women Meet Gender Scientist Anne Fausto-Sterling December 11 2013 7:42 PM
- Women WATCH: Michelle Chamuel Returns to The Voice with 'Go Down Singing' December 11 2013 7:10 PM
- Politics Mich. Governor Condemns RNC Member's Latest Antigay Remark December 11 2013 7:01 PM
- Marriage Equality WATCH: Right Wing Swoons Over Antigay Baker December 11 2013 6:45 PM
- Travel What Airline Scored 100% on HRC's Corporate Equality Index? December 11 2013 6:44 PM
- Entertainment News The Queer Quotient at the SAG Awards December 11 2013 6:03 PM