A belated Happy New Year to the GenderGP community. We hope 2019 has started off positively and that you are all looking forward to an exciting year to come.
This month’s newsletter is an international edition as we are writing it from Los Angeles where Drs Mike and Helen Webberley (plus a couple of strategic stragglers) have travelled to attend the two day Trans Youth Care conference (www.transyouthcare.com). The conference is being run by Dr Johanna Olson Kennedy, the Medical Director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, and her team of experts.
We will follow up with a blog sharing the latest thinking coming out of the largest transgender youth clinic in the United States once we’re over the jet lag!
The GenderGP Podcast With Johanna Olson-Kennedy
Listen to the latest episode of the GenderGP podcast to hear more about the approach taken by Dr Olson-Kennedy’s clinic and why she believes that compassion is more important than certainty, when it comes to meeting the healthcare needs of young gender variant people. Listen here.
Gender affirmative care in the UK In her latest blog, Dr Helen talks about gender affirmative care for young people and how the UK is lagging behind more progressive countries in its approach. “In the UK, prescribing gender affirming hormones to children under the age of 16 incites investigation by the General Medical Council, and a media outcry. In the USA, children as young as 12 are welcomed into ongoing research, with preliminary results showing excellent outcomes.” Read it here.
International Travel... The prospect of travelling to LA for the Trans Youth Care conference was hugely exciting, but for one member of the team it forced her to face her identity head on. “While my colleagues brimmed with excitement at the prospect of a trip to the City of Angels, I was filled with dread. I haven’t changed my name or my gender markers on my passport". Read all about it here
Brexit! The uncertainty around Brexit and the impact which this might have on supplies of prescription medication, is understandably causing some concern among our patients. Our partner, Clear Chemist has provided an update on the latest situation:
“We work with the biggest wholesalers in the UK. We also have a number of accounts with smaller wholesalers. All of these suppliers are keenly following the Brexit negotiations and assessing the potential impact of the different scenarios on medication supply". Read the article in full here.
The Impact of being placed on the wrong ward This month’s “trans topic of concern” involved trans women and men in the ‘wrong’ wards and the devastating impact that that might have on their cisgender bed fellows…Marianne Oakes lead counsellor at GenderGP shares her views: “While I try my best to ignore the anti-trans narrative in our national newspapers, which is so evident to anyone who wants to see it, sometimes the inherent nonsense that is spouted gets me hot under the collar.” Read here.
My trans journey on the NHS: January on hormones Read Marianne’s first hand experiences of how her body is changing thanks to a little help from HRT: “This month it’s the inevitable diet issue! My muscle mass is turning in to fat. This hasn’t been as disturbing as I thought it might be as I am acutely aware that if I want fat redistribution, first I need the fat to redistribute! Marianne continues to share her journey here.
As always we welcome any comments or suggestions you may have. Also, if you would like to share your story with the GenderGP community please don’t hesitate to get in touch