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Trans Expertise and the Revision and Translation of ICD-11: An Analysis of Available French Data from a Trans Perspective

Abstract : Transgender and gender diverse (TGD) individuals’ depsychopathologization in the eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) faces systemic discriminations built-in epistemic pipelines. Based on an analysis of unexploited data from ICD-11 and the French translation process, this article addresses power issues in participatory research and systemic discrimination within a socio-cultural context. We used a peer-driven participatory approach to conduct qualitative analyses of the French version of the ICD based on contributions from 72 TGD participants in the French study for ICD-11. The results highlight a major incongruence between participants’ propositions and the final official translation. Alternative terms were proposed and discussed by participants in regard to usage and concepts, but also encompassed participation and perceived futility of maintaining pathologization. We found discrepancies in the French publication and translation processes, respectively on gender categorization and back translation. These results question the relevance and implementation of ICD-11 for TGD communities and highlight failures at all three stages of the official French translation. Power issues have an impact on knowledge production and, while mechanisms vary, all relate to epistemic injustice. Involving TGD communities in all stages of medical knowledge production processes would reduce transphobic biases. Individuals with personal stakes involved in politicized research areas appear all the more necessary today.
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Anna (antoine) Baleige, Mathilde Guernut, Frédéric Denis. Trans Expertise and the Revision and Translation of ICD-11: An Analysis of Available French Data from a Trans Perspective. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2022, 19 (19), pp.11983. ⟨10.3390/ijerph191911983⟩. ⟨hal-03793606⟩



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