When the sexual perversions are not anymore

Gay Pride de Milan (Italie), le 25 juin 2016. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Transsexualism still ranks high on the official list of psychiatric disorders, as do sexual “perversions”, under the less familiar name of paraphilic disorders.

Society, however, has evolved on issues related to sexual behaviour and gender. As a result, the revision of one of the main classifications used by health professionals around the world, announced for 2018, could well lead to a completely different conception of these particularities.

Homosexuality has not been considered a mental disorder for a quarter of a century – since the World Health Organization (WHO) removed it from its list in 1990. Nevertheless, the world’s leading medical authority continues to place the fact of being born a man and considering oneself a woman, or inversely, in this category. But the reflection to withdraw it is today very advanced.

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