Croatia Needs a Gender Incongruence Diagnosis for Prepubertal Children

Croatia Needs a Gender Incongruence Diagnosis for Prepubertal Children Arch Sex Behav (2017) 46:2507–2508 COMMENTARY ON WINTER ET AL. (2016) Croatia Needs a Gender Incongruence Diagnosis for Prepubertal Children 1 2 3 4 • • • • Natasˇa Jokic´-Begic´ Velimir Altabas Vesna Anticˇevic´ Goran Arbanas 5 6 7 7 8 • • • • • Drazˇen Begic´ Srec´ko Budi Miroslav Dumic´ Marina Grubic´ Jasenka Grujic´ 9 10 11 4 • • • Nenad Jakusˇic´ Gordana Stipancˇic´ Davorka Saric´ Iva Zegura Received: 7 November 2016 / Accepted: 13 November 2016 / Published online: 28 November 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016 As a small community of trans-healthcare providers in Croatia, Firstofall,we want toemphasize that we completelyunder- weareveryinterestedinthedebateontheplacementoftheGen- stand arguments given against the diagnosis, especially clini- der Incongruence (GI) diagnosis in ICD-11. We want to con- cal ones (prepubertal individuals need psychological space, tributetothedebatebyexplainingthesituationofhealthcarefor support, and information, not medical treatment and diagnosis). gender incongruent persons from a social environment that is We also agree and support all efforts against the pathologization predominantly intolerant toward sexual minorities (Stulhofer and stigmatization of gender variant persons. The shift in expert &Rimac, 2009) and explaining why we need a diagnosis of GI opinion, in which mere gender nonconformity is seen as a Archives of Sexual Behavior Springer Journals

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