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Transgender advocates welcome revised standards of care

WPATH transgender health conference

There were champagne toasts and rounds of applause as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health released on Sept. 25 its newest Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People at a symposium at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta.

WPATH revision committee chair Eli Coleman launched the 7th version of the standards of care to some 300 people who attended the symposium as part of a partnership with the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and the Southern Comfort Conference, the largest transgender conference in the nation that takes place annually in Atlanta.

WPATH was formerly named the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association to honor one of the earliest doctors to work with transsexuals. The organization provides comprehensive ethical guidelines concerning the care of transsexual, transgender and gender nonconforming people.