The Peruvian government has officially classified transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people as “mentally ill.”

According to the country’s Ministry of Health, the controversial decision was made to ensure the country’s public health services could “guarantee full coverage of medical attention for mental health” for the trans community.

It also categorizes “dual-role transvestitism,” “fetishistic transvestism,” and “other gender identity disorders” under the same bracket of mental illness.

The new law will change language in the Essential Health Insurance Plan (PEAS) to reflect the view of trans and intersex people as a mental health disorder.

Trans groups across Peru have loudly condemned the decision as a step backward for the country’s already complex relationship with LGBTQ+ rights.


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