Peru Classified Transgender People As ‘Mentally Ill’

The health ministry in Peru classified people identifying as transgender or non-binary as “mentally ill” in a decree to offer more mental health services Wednesday.

President Dina Boluarte signed the decree stating “transsexualism, dual-role transvestism, gender identity disorder in childhood, other gender identity disorders and fetishistic transvestism” are all to be classified as mental illnesses, according to The Telegraph. The ministry made the move to “guarantee full coverage of medical attention for mental health.”