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WAS and EFS Joint Statement on Transgender Healthcare


[Bologna, Italy] – The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) and the European Federation for Sexology (EFS) today issued a joint statement urging national stakeholders, including ministries of health and relevant professional organizations, to take immediate action to promote the Human and Sexual Rights of transgender and gender-diverse individuals (TGD) and enhance access to health care and services.

Call for Comprehensive Measures

WAS and EFS call upon all stakeholders at the national, regional, and international levels, including ministries of health and relevant professional associations, to:

  1. Adhere to the scientific evidence-based recommendations of ICD-11 and WPATH SOC 8.

  2. Ensure the availability, accessibility, and affordability of transgender healthcare for all who seek it.

  3. Eliminate conversion therapy for trans-identified and gender-diverse individuals, especially for children and adolescents.ntributes to deteriorating mental health and increased suicidal ideation among TGD populations.

Official Comments from WAS and EFS Leadership

Dr. Elna Rudolph, President of WAS, emphasized the importance of this statement: "This statement underscores our unwavering commitment to advancing the health and rights of transgender and gender-diverse individuals. It is imperative that we adhere to scientific evidence and human rights standards to ensure inclusive and equitable healthcare."

Prof. Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, President of EFS, shared their personal perspective: "As a 'transgifted' individual, I have experienced firsthand the importance of access to respectful and competent healthcare. Our joint efforts with WAS are crucial in promoting the dignity and rights of transgender and gender-diverse people."

Prof. Alain Giami, Vice President of WAS, highlighted the significance of sexual justice: "Sexual Justice is a cornerstone of our mission. By challenging discriminatory norms and advocating for comprehensive healthcare, we can create a more just and inclusive society for all."

About WAS and EFS

WAS represents thousands of individuals in Sexual Health as an international confederation with member organizations worldwide, promoting Sexual Health, Rights, Justice, and Pleasure through research, education, and clinical services.

EFS, a regional federation within the WAS confederation, recognizes sexuality as central to human life, health, and well-being. It serves as a core network for professionals in sexology across Europe.

This joint statement aligns with the evidence-based recommendations of WPATH SOC-8, endorsed by EPATH, AusPATH, PATHA, and other respected organizations globally.



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