Peru Classifies Trans People as ‘Mentally Ill’ After Government Decree

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Peru Classifies Trans People as ‘Mentally Ill’ After Government Decree

Government’s New Decree Sparks Controversy

In a recent move, the Peruvian government has reclassified trans, non-binary, and intersex individuals as “mentally ill” following a decree issued by the health ministry. This decree, endorsed by President Dina Boluarte, labels “transsexualism” and “gender identity disorder in children” as mental health disorders. Additionally, the decree categorizes “dual-role transvestitism,” “fetishistic transvestism,” and other related gender identity issues under the same classification of mental illness.

Health Ministry’s Justification

The health ministry defended the decree, stating that this reclassification was necessary to “guarantee full coverage of medical attention for mental health.” The new decree mandates changes in the Essential Health Insurance Plan (PEAS) to reflect this perspective, framing the experiences of trans and intersex individuals within the context of mental health disorders.

Impact on the Trans Community

This decree has raised significant concerns among the trans community and human rights advocates. Critics argue that such a classification perpetuates stigma and discrimination against trans, non-binary, and intersex individuals, further marginalizing an already vulnerable population. The reclassification could also impact access to appropriate and respectful healthcare, as well as broader social acceptance.

The Peruvian government’s decision to label gender identity issues as mental illnesses is expected to provoke continued debate and resistance from both local and international human rights organizations.

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