The APA recently released two statements, approved by its assembly and board of trustees, in support of transgender people. The first condemns discrimination against trans people and calls for policy that supports transgender individuals.
The second advocates that gender-affirming health care is medically necessary and should be supported by the medical community and insurance providers.
“We welcome the American Psychiatric Association’s support, which is part of a long trend in the medical community affirming transgender people’s access to health care and civil rights,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality in a statement to Windy City Times. “The National Center for Transgender Equality strongly believes that changes like this are just going to keep us moving forward.”
The APA statement is part of a growing trend among medical societies to back transition-related medical care in recent years. Both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association have released such statements.
Claudia Mosier, director of mental health at the Center on Halsted, said the APA positions are particularly powerful when placed alongside the stances of other medical associations.
“It so totally solidifies what all the major health and mental institutions are saying about transgender and gender-variant individuals,” Mosier said.
Mosier said the statements could have a practical impact on health care for transgender people, removing barriers to care and encouraging insurance coverage for transition-related health care.