Croatia Needs a Gender Incongruence Diagnosis for Prepubertal Children
As a small community of trans-healthcare providers in Croatia, we are very interested in the debate on the placement of the Gender Incongruence (GI) diagnosis in ICD-11. We want to contribute to the debate by explaining the situation of health care for gender incongruent persons from a social environment that is predominantly intolerant toward sexual minorities (Štulhofer & Rimac, 2009) and explaining why we need a diagnosis of GI for all age groups, including prepubertal children.
First of all, we want to emphasize that we completely understand arguments given against the diagnosis, especially clinical ones (prepubertal individuals need psychological space, support, and information, not medical treatment and diagnosis). We also agree and support all efforts against the pathologization and stigmatization of gender variant persons. The shift in expert opinion, in which mere gender non-conformity is seen as a variation rather than a disorder, as can be seen in the Standards of Care for...
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