Leading Transgender Health Association Seeks to Include ‘Eunuch’ As ‘Gender Identity’

Leading Transgender Health Association Seeks to Include ‘Eunuch’ As ‘Gender Identity’


The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) recently published its new Standards of Care guidelines, with a controversial chapter that seeks to include “eunuch” as part of the “transgender umbrella.” WPATH held a live-streamed session with two of the major contributors of the eunuch chapter at their annual conference on Tuesday.

Thomas W. Johnson, a professor emeritus of anthropology at California State University, Chico, and a major contributor to the eunuch chapter, opened the session with a history lesson. “eunuch is the oldest recognized gender outside the binary,” said Johnson.

During the history lesson, Johnson said that enslaved people used to be castrated in a similar way to livestock. “Slaves were just another domestic animal,” said Johnson. “Slaves were treated the same way as domestic animals,

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