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On Wednesday, January 25th, I took part in a BBC Radio 5 Live phone in for Your Call with Nicky Campbell (you can listen again here).
One caller asked a question which, as a cisgender woman, I felt unqualified to answer. As such, I reached out to some members of the trans community who, I felt should be offered the opportunity to address the point.
In negative media coverage of cases involving gender variant children, one statistic seems omnipresent:
‘84% of childhood cases of gender variance do not persist into adult life’.
The number of child counselling sessions about transgender issues and gender dysphoria offered by a national charity has reached a record level in the past year.
Kids as young as 11 have told counsellors they were unhappy with their assigned birth gender or felt their biological sex didn’t match their gender.
Rowan, 17, from Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, is a transgender female and first approached her GP two years ago but is still waiting to be referred to a gender identity specialist – a process that itself can take two years.
January 1st, 2017 will see ‘being transgender’ declassified as a mental illness in Denmark, a momentous and long-awaited move which will surely put increased pressure on the World Health Organisation (WHO), to remove the diagnosis from its list of mental disorders. (…)
As charities call for NHS to lower age limit of 16 for hormones, parents are taking their children to private clinics for treatment
August 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Harry Benjamin MD. His is not a name that immediately springs to mind in terms of either fame or notoriety. However, he has his place in history, and a remarkable one at that.
All my patients are the same on the inside.
Look past their outer layers and you will, more or less, find the same bones, body parts and cells.
The issues around excessive waiting times for transgender patients to be seen on the NHS have been widely publicised. Waiting times of up to a year and more have led many desperate people to take affirmative action, seeking expert support through private clinics. (…)
Last week, members of the transgender community were up in arms about the fact that a controversial psychiatrist, Dr Kenneth Zucker, was to be given a documentary on BBC2 from which to air his views on the treatment of gender variant children (BBC2 Thursday, 9pm This World, Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best.
Poor fitness levels could be a huge risk factor for developing depression, a new study has found.
Analysing data from more than one million people, researchers discovered that people with poor fitness levels had a 75% increased risk of developing the mental health condition.
Concerns have been raised about care for transgender people in Wales – with some waiting up to four years to see a specialist.
Wales currently does not have a Gender Identity Clinic (GIC), so people are referred to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in London.
I am a gender specialist and NHS GP. I set up www.gendergp.co.uk earlier this year to provide free advice to trans adults and parents of children suffering with gender identity disorder, seeking medical support. (…)
September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day, a day to reflect and reach out to those people who might be at risk or suffering in silence. Members of the transgender community are particularly vulnerable and awareness days such as this shine a much-needed spotlight on an issue which is rarely acknowledged, let alone discussed.
The event was well attended – double the expectations of the organisers – and the venue was amazing, it was lovely to be in the ‘partially sunny’ Amsterdam, a vibrant and accepting city.
A blog reflecting on a recent article in the Telegraph discussing the topic of sex change regret.
In the article Urologist, Miroslav Djordjevic, who specialises in Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS), talks about his concerns around an increase in “reversal” surgeries among transgender women.
A statement provides guidance on contraceptive choices for transgender and non-binary people and their partners, who are engaging in vaginal sex where there is a risk of pregnancy. Dr Helen Webberley contributed to this article as an author.
As a doctor specialising in gender care, I offered to take part in the NSPCC debate to which she refers. I personally was not afraid to address issues relating to gender variance and answer questions (of which there are understandably many). Though I am fully aware that in taking this metaphorical bull by the horns I am opening myself up to personal attacks and professional scrutiny. This, however, is not my main concern. My main concern is the wellbeing of these children, who are extremely vulnerable.
On the 23rd of September 2016, the Welsh Government issued a Health Circular which updates General Practitioners and other primary care professionals on their roles and responsibilities in prescribing hormone therapy for trans adults.
A recent study by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has suggested that nurses lack the necessary skills to treat transgender patients. In fact, this usually forward thinking and politically correct organisation is surprisingly critical of the nursing care afforded to transgender patients in the UK.
Gender variance is a complex condition affecting a small number of children whose biological sex differs from the gender by which they identify. Puberty blockers are a type of medication which temporarily stop the production of the natural sex hormones which progress puberty. (…)
The Guardian published a story on September 7th about a study which found that US doctors and therapists are struggling to give transgender patients the best medical care.
GPs are failing transgender patients with a lack of compassion and understanding that must change, according to Dr Helen Webberley.
As a doctor, specialising in the field of gender variance, I hear stories from patients every day that lead me to question the difference between our biological sex and the corresponding gender assigned to us at birth. Often the two are the same, but this is not always the case.
GenderGP is delighted to report that Drs Mike and Helen Webberley have been invited to present on three separate subject areas at the forthcoming biannual WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) symposium in Buenos Aires, which runs from 2nd...read more
There are so many stories we could swap about gender identity - some harrowing, some hilarious, some both - and I hope we will. In one respect, my story is probably the same as everyone else’s: If I hadn’t transitioned, I would have died. But what I want, no, need, to...read more
Since news about the legal case against Dr Helen Webberley was reported in the media, the love and words of support for her and the service GenderGP offers has been overwhelming. Many of the emails, messages and social media posts have been positive, although some...read more
I would like to truly and honestly thank the huge numbers of people who have come back with messages of solidarity and support following the difficulties I have had with registering with Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). So many people have been asking how they...read more
I have provided healthcare and education in relation to gender diverse people for many years. Initially in my role as a doctor, working in specialised sexual health services in Worcestershire, then as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, and latterly as a...read more
Further to the verdict in the case brought about by the Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW) against Dr Helen Webberley (05.10.18), GenderGP would like to reassure current and future patients that their care is unaffected. There will be no break in service and we will...read more
Why the Government Health and Social Care and LGBT Communities Inquiry is important to trans people, and why you should respond.
It seems as though Government inquiries and consultations in relation to transgender people are like buses at the moment – you wait years for anyone to take an interest, and then suddenly they all come at once. The most talked about consultation of the moment is the...read more
This morning (September 24th) I was invited to take part in Radio 5 Live’s Your Call with Nicky Campbell. The programme was pitched as a conversation about gender and was asking the question of whether we should be more neutral about how we approach the subject. I was...read more
Watching trans issues being discussed in the media is rarely a calming experience for a trans person. The debate quickly gets heated as both sides argue for and against the dangers which we apparently pose to society at large. Whether it’s a ‘debate’ on TV, an article...read more
According to an article published in Reuters Health, doctors should ask adolescents about their gender identity - Dr Helen Webberley couldn't agree more.... Following the recent article in Reuters Health, I can already hear the distant comments and objections from...read more