The extreme heat - and torrential rain - this month has led to many a discussion on the subject of “body armour” here at GenderGP and the lengths to which members of the trans community have to go to just to feel comfortable stepping outside their front door.
Wigs, binders, packers, layers - of clothes and makeup - all of which are uncomfortable at the best of times. Throw in a heatwave and it can become unbearable.
So this month we would like to set a challenge to our cis allies: The next time the thermometer rises try wearing just one of these items, if you can’t do a full day, even an hour or two will guarantee newfound respect for your trans brothers and sisters.
Lessons in summertime makeup Jessica Blackler, founder of genderless makeup brand, Jecca Blac joins us for another guest blog post. Here she shares her top tips on how to keep your look fresh while trying to navigate the heat, humidity and changeable weather. Read more
Season three of the podcast is live! Season three of the GenderGP podcast kicks off with two amazing guests. LA Paediatrician, Dr Paria Hassouri, talks about how her daughter’s revelation that she was trans, led her to question her own identity as a mother and Paediatrician. And British racing driver Charlie Martin, shares her inspirational story as she embarks on the biggest challenge of her life: to become the first transgender racing driver to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour race. Listen here
Coming out to family and friends When Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard was asked by the hosts of Good Morning Britain recently to ‘label’ his sexuality they were effectively outing him on national TV. This got Marianne thinking about coming out in general. She shares some insights which she has learned from working with the incredible GenderGP community – as well as a little of her own insight as a specialist counsellor working with gender variant people. Read more
Hormone blockers in the news
iNews talked to Leo Telford, a trans youth, about his journey to accessing blockers and Dr Helen Webberley about her belief that poor mental health should accelerate the introduction of blockers for young people, rather than cause further delay. Read more
Share your body confidence snaps! Was this the first summer you felt confident enough to shed a few layers of clothing? Did you feel able to take a stroll along the beach, or lounge around the pool in your summer wardrobe? If the answer is yes, we’d love you to send in your favourite Summer holiday snap and we’ll share them in a gallery celebrating you and your newly found body confidence! Email us
'Wait and watch' and 'wait and see'!
The Royal Colleges of GPs and of Psychiatrists suggest that 'wait and watch' and 'wait and see' policies may be best for trans patients. But wait for what? Self-harm? Suicide? Depression? Anxiety? Stress? Or wait until they see sense and live a cis-gendered life? Dr. Helen shares her thoughtsRead more
How should I support my trans child? ‘We “watched and waited” for 6 years while our child became depressed and withdrawn. By age 9 they’d made changes themselves (hair, clothes, using a different name, using toilets etc.) We had to support. The alternative, FORCING them to be someone they’re not would be abuse'. Read more
My NHS trans journey: August On Sunday evening I was sat strumming my guitar learning a new song, I was deep in thought, enjoying a little me time. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the screen on my phone light up. At first I ignored it but, as always, curiosity got the better of me. I set down my guitar and picked up my phone. Staring back at me was a friend request from an old colleague and family friend. Someone who knew me when my true gender identity was still a well kept secret,Read more
Who is going to train doctors to treat trans patients?
The specialist clinics that provide healthcare services to trans patients in the UK are at bursting point. Waiting times for treatment are years rather than weeks and out of terms with the NHS Constitution. GPs and hospital consultants need to learn how to care for trans patients, but who will train them? In this article Dr Helen Webberley shares her views
New recruits! We had a fantastic response to our job ads and want to thank all those who took the time to apply. We are now in the final stages of the process and will be introducing our new team members in the next edition of the newsletter. We are always on the hunt for great people, so if you feel you would be an asset to the team, we would love to hear from you. We are also keen to extend our reach to people in other countries who need gender affirming care.
If you have language skills or contacts in other countries, who you feel may be interested in working with us, then please get in touch via email.
We'd love to hear from you...
Whether you would like to share your experiences as part of our community or you would like us to visit your trans support group, as part of the GenderGP roadshow – get in touch.