Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders

Tory MEPs have voted against the withdrawal of gender identity from the the International Classification of Diseases' list of mental and behavioural disorders.

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Tory MEPs have voted against the withdrawal of gender identity from the the International Classification of Diseases’ list of mental and behavioural disorders.

Daniel-Hannan-MEPDaniel Hannan and Nirj Deva voted alongside the likes of the BNP’s Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons in opposing Labour MEP Richard Howitt’s amendment to human rights legislation, with other Tories abstaining.

The amendment, which was passed by 353 votes to 268 with 52 abstentions:

• Commends the Council, the EEAS, the VP/HR, the Commission and the Member States on their engagement in favour of LGBT people’s human rights in bilateral relations with third countries, in multilateral forums, and through the EIDHR;

• Welcomes the reintroduction by the UN General Assembly of sexual orientation as grounds for protection from extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution, and welcomes the EU’s efforts to this end;

Calls on the Commission to advocate the withdrawal of gender identity from the list of mental and behavioural disorders in the negotiations on the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and to seek a non-pathologising reclassification;

• Reasserts that the principle of non-discrimination, also embracing grounds of sex and sexual orientation, must not be compromised in the ACP-EU partnership;

• Reiterates its request that the Commission produce a comprehensive roadmap against homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, also addressing human rights violations on these grounds in the world;

• Calls on the Member States to grant asylum to people fleeing persecution in countries where LGBT people are criminalised, taking into consideration applicants’ well founded fears of persecution, and relying on their self-identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

 


See also:

London Mayoral elections: Livinstone launches LGBT manifesto 13 Apr 2012

Cameron must speak out against Canada’s anti-gay marriage ruling 13 Jan 2012

Equal love: Time for the UK Parliament to recognise gay marriage 19 Dec 2011

Time for the Commonwealth to stop the criminalisation of sexuality 28 Oct 2011

Tory MEP’s false claims on gay rights 7 Oct 2009


 

Following the vote, Howitt attacked Tory views on LGBT issues as “neanderthal”, “whatever [David] Cameron claims”, with fellow Labour MEP Michael Cashman, co-chair of the European Parliament’s LGBT Inter-group, adding:

“These Tories should explain why they refused to support an engagement in favour of LGBT people’s human rights when the EU negotiates with countries outside the EU and in multilateral forums. It’s important we use our trading power to encourage reform in countries where LGBT people are persecuted.

“We called for the reintroduction by the UN General Assembly of sexual orientation as grounds for protection from extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution also embracing grounds of sex and sexual orientation – this is human decency and every British MEP should fully support it.

“So why did the Tories abstain?”

 


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44 Responses to “Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders”

  1. Anonymous

    So if its not a ‘disorder’, we don’t have to pay to reassign people’s gender.

    Or do you want it both ways?

  2. Duncan Stott

    It’s not a ‘mental and behavioural disorder’. Broadly speaking, reassignment surgery is to correct their physical sex to match their (healthy) mental gender.

    But still, how nice of you to try and spin an article to make a transphobic remark.

  3. Brian Hubbledecker

    I really can’t understand some of my brothers and sisters obsession with tiny minority politics. If people would drop ‘isms’ and concentrate purely on the the rights of an individual rather than seeing colour, sex, sexual preference or whatever as something that needs ‘special’ treatment. As long as we see people’s colour, sex, sexual preference we are not treating them equally nor as individuals and we are in danger of being seen as condescending and desperately out of touch. These people want to be treated like everyone else as an individual not as some charity case.

  4. Ruth

    Or alternatively…

    This matters because trans people want non-pathologising access to medical treatment? Forgive us for engaging in “tiny minority politics”, but as a tiny minority its the own way we get access to services.

    Similarly, we need to remain aware of “race” because racism is still a problem, we need to remain aware of “sex” because sexism is still a problem, we need to remain aware of sexual orientation because homophobia is still a problem, we need to remain aware of disability because ablism is still a problem and impairments don’t magically go away if you just happen to be a good liberal.

    I’m a trans person and yes, I wanted to be treated “the same as everyone else” – but I’d also like to be treated decently, and since I’m treated badly because I’m trans it’s pretty darn sensible for me to engage with trans politics.

  5. Brian Hubbledecker

    Hey calm down … I’m on your side. In order to get equality which is all we are after right? You can go down one of two routes one is fighting against everything and getting your point thrust upon others which creates in itself a ‘them and us’ mindset. The other way is to treat everyone as an individual with no more and no less rights than anyone else so there is is no such thing a race, sex or orientation ‘card’ – for ‘them or ‘us’ to play – its tough to get your mind round but it is the paradigm shift that politics needs to deal with racism, sexism and trans politics. By treating everyone as an individual you are saying everyone is the same – because everyone SHOULD be the same in the eyes of the law, an employer, the government etc – by saying everyone is the same you are ridding the entire system of divisive language which, in my view, has kept alive the ‘us’ versus ‘them’ and therefore racism and sexism long after it should have been dead. Let’s face cold hard facts here – we are not winning the war here and there are vested interests in keeping a stalemate.

    Now this doesn’t mean that abuse or discrimination goes unpunished, far from it, but it is a crime by one individual against another fundamentally and the judge will decide whether or not there were aggravating circumstances and sentence/fine accordingly. It’s all we need, equal treatment as INDIVIDUALS.

  6. Daniel Hannan

    I’m guessing your headline is a joke. And I’m sure you know the real reason that we opposed this measure. Nice try, though. //blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100152092/against-the-eu-youre-plainly-a-homophobe/

  7. Marina Yannakoudakis

    Please note that I did not abstain on this vote. I voted for the amendment. Could you please correct the article to reflect this?

    Marina Yannakoudakis MEP

  8. Brumanuensis

    So this gist of your response is: ‘Some of my best friends are gay/lesbian and I don’t like homophobia. Except when it happens in a far-away country between people of which we know [almost] nothing, in which case I’ll look the other way and pretend that my indifference is a form of moral superiority’. In which case you are, indeed, not a bigot, but merely someone who turns a blind eye to the behaviour of bigots.

    I thought libertarians believed in individual freedom, but apparently state-backed discrimination is acceptable, just as long as the EU stays out of the picture.

  9. Brumanuensis

    *the gist

  10. Dnptyf

    How can gender identity be a mental disorder? It’s a fundamental property of all human beings as much as a sense of self. Perhaps your reporter should do his/her homework?

  11. Anonymous

    Nowhere does it say you didn’t. Might one suggest you use your energies against your colleagues who voted against it and abstained, rather than on us and Michael Cashman.

  12. Anonymous

    This is how it will work.

    1. It gets removed as a ‘disorder’.

    2. Now in order to save money in the NHS, since its not a ‘disorder’, there is no need to treat.

    3. So no gender reassignment surgery.

    Is that what you won’t, because its playing into the hands of those who don’t want to treat.

  13. Brumanuensis

    Gender reassignment surgery is done at the request of the patient. It relates to situations where the patient feels that they would be happier as another physical sex in order to complement their gender. The key words here, Blagger, are ‘at the request of the patient’. The patient believes – and clinical practicioners will screen out patients with disqualifying mental imbalances – and their belief is informed and considered, that they will be better off as another physical sex.

    The sort of gender reassignment surgery, if any, being targeted, is the kind like that going on in Iran right now, as shown in this truly gut-wrenching documentary.

    //www.cbc.ca/news/arts/film/story/2008/08/26/f-homosexuality-iran-sex-change.html

  14. Anonymous

    Ah yes, the usual attack on services for the 99%. How predictable. Mr. Doctor Blagger.

  15. Anonymous

    I’m quite willing to believe that some people are both homophobic and anti-EU.

  16. Brian Hubbledecker

    Right there are a number of things we will disagree on. I am a working class lefty and you are a conservative toff – pie and beans versus caviar! However, I am fast finding out that the readers of this column are more like the Peoples Judaean Front endlessly chatting about more and more obscure issues rather than the beef than faces the working folk of Britain. Why is it ‘right wing’ to oppose the EU and ‘left wing’ to support the working families and public services we rely upon? Both are common sense but as soon as you label something ‘right wing’ (which leaving the EU is not as my buddy Bob Crowe will tell you) some of these people oppose it not on merit but because of who proposes it! I agree with you on the EU and wish there was some way to strap you and Bob Crowe together so we could see the issuer coming out on both sides. The EU is cancer to the working class of Britain and the enterprise that creates sustainable tax positive jobs – Yes, some of us lefties do actually believe that enterprise is good (apart from some of the clowns here who reckon a corner shop is part of a global elitist conspiracy!) Anyway, just thought I’d say I’m with you on the EU and I don’t think you are a homophobe – as far as tory twits go (hehe) – your one of the better ones!

  17. Brian Hubbledecker

    I think your picking on the wrong tory mate … I don’t think Hannan is a homophobe and as tories go he’s one of the better ones. If you want a homophobe have a look in the cabinet mate … perhaps Clarke?, Osbourne? Cameron? who do you think told the tory MEPs to vote this way ?? If you and left foot forward want our message to gain traction what are we doing guddling around at MEP level for a story/cause when we know where the bloody problem really lies?? Apologies it just frustrates me ….

  18. Brumanuensis

    Brian, I explicitly stated that I didn’t think Hannan is a homophobe. I’ve no doubt he is personally devoid of anti-gay prejudice. However his argument is evasive, because he knows full well that the consequence of his vote is to inhibit the fight against anti-gay laws. There’s nothing in the amendment he voted against that anyone could reasonably object to. It doesn’t even create a new EU body. All it does is call on EU member states to welcome asylum seekers fleeing anti-gay persecution, for example in Iran, and remove out-dated medical assessments of homosexuality.

    Hannan knows this and has placed his disdain for the EU over the individual rights of its member citizens. For a man who claims to believe in small government and individual freedoms, he’s got a funny way of going about it.

    I actually think the Tories you mention aren’t homophobic at all. Cameron said some unpleasant things about Section 28, but that was a decade ago and he’s apologised. Osborne has always been liberal and is a strong supporter of gay marriage.

  19. Brumanuensis

    Blagger is nothing if not predictable, Newsbot9.

  20. Anonymous

    I agree.

    But I also think the problem with “gay marriage” is the state getting involved in anything more than registering partnerships in the first place.

  21. Anonymous

    I agree.

    But I also think the problem with “gay marriage” is the state getting involved in anything more than registering partnerships in the first place.

  22. Gillon Johnstone

    Tory MEP thinks being gay is a mental health issue //t.co/lHhxW6qF

  23. Rep in the Regions

    Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/6K6EACz2

  24. KMJ

    RT @leftfootfwd: Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/XEZ3at8Y

  25. Richard Howitt MEP

    Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/6K6EACz2

  26. Marie Harman

    Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/6K6EACz2

  27. Lee James

    Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/6K6EACz2

  28. John McNeill

    Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/6K6EACz2

  29. Walter v.d. Aakster

    RT @leftfootfwd: Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/XEZ3at8Y

  30. Dan Watson

    RT @leftfootfwd: Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/NEdPdCOy

  31. BevR

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders //t.co/HadxXNn1

  32. PRSD

    Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders (from Left Foot Forward) //t.co/BargZCtL

  33. Zora K.

    Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/6K6EACz2

  34. Dayanara Shorter

    //t.co/5j0YJY4c Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural … – Left Foot Forward

  35. Anonymous

    That’s because Hannan has gender identity problems – he’s still in the closet.

  36. Anonymous

    “you can be in favour of gay equality while none the less believing that moral questions ought to be decided by each nation”

    This is where Hannan gives himself away. For him, sexuality is a moral issue and nations must preserve the right to condemn homosexuality as immoral and therefore on a par with all the other immoral acts from petty theft upwards which those countries criminalise.

  37. John Kolm-Murray

    Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/6K6EACz2

  38. R. Ville

    TORY MEPs in still hating #trans people non-shocker //t.co/T5KXESKa

  39. La Treizième Etoile

    Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders (from Left Foot Forward) //t.co/BargZCtL

  40. Jen Eve

    Frm yesterday: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders: //t.co/6K6EACz2

  41. H. O.

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders //t.co/8XCK1gJF

  42. Warren Niblock

    Tory MEPs vote for gender identity to be on list of mental and behavioural disorders, reports @ShamikDas: //t.co/6K6EACz2

  43. Kevin McNamara

    in what way is a trans* person the same as a cis person if only the former wants access to non-pathologising reassignment surgery? individuality is about recognising our differences, and your rather small-minded, anti-label, *-blind perspective does not get around this.

    i guess these tiny minorities also shouldn’t band together to achieve these aims? does that offend you too? what codswallop.

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