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Jul 29, 2016 4:32 PM

The WHO still classifies transgender as 'mental illness,' NH joins pro-rights group

Transgender identity rights have become a hot button issue in American, and New Hampshire has been active.

New Hampshire has now become one of 12 states to sign on to a court brief. The move supports guidelines set by the Obama administration requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their chosen gender identity.

In the briefing, New Hampshire's Attorney General calls it “strongly in the public interest.”

In the meantime the issue is not without controversy. Currently, the World Health Organization lists transgender identity under the umbrella of mental illness.

However, that is expected to change as the organization prepares a new edition of the international classification of diseases in two years. A proposal to declassify transgender identity as a mental illness has received wide support.

Several school districts across the state have already made policy changes allowing students to use bathrooms that coincide with their chosen gender identity. Rochester is expected to take up the issue at the next school board meeting.

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