At its recent annual General Assembly, the World Medical Association (WMA) issued new guidelines on transgender healthcare. The new guidelines will help physicians to increase their knowledge and sensitivity towards transgender people and their unique health needs. The guidelines provide that everyone has the right to determine their own gender and reject the notion that gender incongruence is a mental disorder. In addition, the guidelines reject all forms of coercive treatment or forced behavior modification.
The WMA also called for the end of all forms of discrimination, stigmatization, and violence against transgender people. The WMA President, Sir Michael Marmot, emphasized that legal measures must be put in place to protect the rights of transgender people to allow them to have the best quality of life possible.