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Welcome to our April newsletter. We’ve had an exciting month and an unprecedented opportunity to learn about best practise coming out of the USA from some of the leading voices in gender affirmative care. We have included all the details below - just in case you missed it the first time around! But first…

In February we invited you to share your stories, photos and videos and we had an amazing response. To kick off this month’s newsletter we wanted to share three contributions we thought you might enjoy. Keep them coming!


Nate Watson
In this short video Nate, a member of the GenderGP community, shares his journey so far


Ian Elliott
We loved this short story 
Poke by Ian Elliott
“It was a sunny day.  I turned the left rear corner of a white wooden garage and pushed between bushes on my right and the garage wall.  Reaching the front corner, I saw a small backyard lawn and the rear of an arrow-flight house. Immediately in front of me were two wooden lawn chairs, as white as the garage...read more


Diane Golbourn
Coming Out to My Mother: Being trans in a family dealing with cancer
“You can’t tell her, it will kill her!” It was either L. or her mother who said it - they were united in their anger, grief, shame and confusion towards my transgender identity. From them I learned that I had destroyed L.’s world; that I was ruining my son...read more

Trans Youth Care

Our live stream event on the subject of trans youth care was a resounding success. As you may know, we were joined by Dr Johanna Olson-Kennedy, Aydin Olson-Kennedy and Darlene Tando, three of the most fantastically affirming and influential voices on the subject matter. If you missed our chat, and want to hear first-hand what healthcare for trans youth should look like you can
watch it on catch up here 

Rethinking Trans Healthcare

While she was in the UK, Dr Johanna Olson-Kennedy also attended the (Re)thinking trans healthcare conference run by the University of Bristol’s Law Department. As part of the day, Dr Olson-Kennedy shared a stage with providers from the Tavistock and Portman Clinic and discussed the differences between the approach to healthcare for trans youth in the UK and the US. Dr Helen Webberley shares her thoughts, read more.

 

Why does the UK have no guidelines for the treatment of trans youth?

Despite the panel at the Rethinking trans healthcare conference discussing guidelines for trans youth care in the UK, a freedom of information request has revealed that no such guidelines exist. Dr Helen argues more needs to be done, read more.

My trans journey on the NHS: April Reflection

"I am in a reflective mood as I write my update this month. A friend has sadly passed away. She was the wife of a good friend and not just a supportive partner, but a champion and advocate for the transgender community".
Marianne continues to share her journey here.

As always we welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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