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World Professional Association for Transgender Health

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender dysphoria. Professionals include anyone working in disciplines such as medicine, psychology, law, social work, counseling, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, speech and voice therapy and sexology. Non-professionals may also join, paying the same membership fee, but without voting privileges.[1] The organization is funded by its membership and by donations and grants from non-commercial sources.[2]

World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Abbreviation WPATH
Type NGO
Legal status Charity
Products Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People
Official language
English
President
Gail Knudson
Secretary
Randi Ettner
Treasurer
Walter Pierre Bouman
Sam Winter, PhD; Tamara Adrián, JD; Katherine Rachlin, PhD; Dan Karasic, MD; Loren Schecter, MD; Baudewijntje Kreukels, PhD; Tone Marie Hansen; Luke Allen, MA (Student Representative)
Website www.wpath.org
Formerly called
Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association

The organization was originally named after Harry Benjamin, one of the earliest physicians to work with transsexuals.[3]

WPATH publishes the Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People, educates professionals and consumers, sponsors scientific conferences, and provides ethical guidelines for professionals.[4] The first version of the Standards of Care were published in 1979.[5] Version 7 was published in 2011.[6]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ WPATH Official website, Membership Information
  2. ^ WPATH Official website, Mission & Vision
  3. ^ Allee, Kegan M. Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association. In Encyclopedia of gender and society, Volume 1, p. 402. SAGE, ISBN 978-1-4129-0916-7
  4. ^ Wong, Gillian (June 17, 2009). China preps 1st guidelines for sex change surgery. The Guardian
  5. ^ Figures, K. (2007). Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association Is Founded. In Faderman, Lillian & Retter, Yolanda (Eds.). Great Events from History: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Events, 1848-2006 Salem Press, ISBN 978-1-58765-263-9
  6. ^ "Standards of Care, Version 7". WPATH. Retrieved December 10, 2016.