A decree that includes transsexuality as a mental illness reopens wounds in Peru

A decree that includes transsexuality as a mental illness reopens wounds in Peru

A supreme decree published by the Ministry of Health of Peru opened wounds in the LGTBQ+ community, by including the transsexuality, transvestism and gender identity as mental illnesses in the latest Essential Health Insurance Plan (PEAS), which provoked a reaction from activists and some political voices this Wednesday.

“Having incorporated into these definitions, which have been totally banned in the field of health and human rights, increases the distrust that already exists in the State regarding respect for sexual minorities and has therefore merited the rejection of the institution”The director of the NGO Promsex, Susana Chavez, told EFE.

On Friday, May 10, the Ministry of Health published the PEAS update in which “transsexualism, dual-role transvestism and gender identity disorder in childhood” were included as mental health illnesses.

In a statement that the same institution released two days later, after the organizations’ statement, it clarified that Gender and sexual diversity are not diseases or disorders and explained that it had updated the PEAS “to guarantee that care coverage is complete in mental health,” since this list is the one that all insurers must comply with.

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