Please send us details of your trans-friendly GP

Many people find that their GP can be a massive help, or hindrance to, accessing healthcare. Whether it is having easy access to transition related healthcare, knowing that your GP will be sensitive about examinations, or being able to go for an appointment about a cold and not having to talk about transition if you don’t want to - having a good GP is really important. Because of this, we have put together a list of trans*-friendly GPs. But, we need you to upload details of your trans*-friendly GP to make this happen!

How does it work?

If you have a trans*-friendly GP and you want to put the on the list, please fill in this short form. The form will automatically upload the results onto the list. This is for trans*-friendly GPs only, so please don’t use the form to make complaints about a particular GP – we don’t want to get sued, and we are currently working on a process for dealing with dodgy GPs. We will also add the details of any GPs that have successfully completed any of our training courses on trans* issues.

An important disclaimer

As this list is open for anyone to contribute to, it is obviously open to abuse. In addition to this, peoples perceptions of “trans*-friendly” might be radically different from yours, and a GP’s bedside manner might be variable. The list is always going to be incomplete too, as not everyone will get chance to upload their GPs on here. As such, this list should be seen as a starting place for looking for a trans*-friendly GP but not the be all and end all.

The list

Here is our list of trans*-friendly GPs. If you have had a bad experience with any of the GPs or practices on this list and you think they should be removed, please email jess[at]recoveringafuture.org.uk.

NUS LGBT Campaign Unanimously Votes to Affiliate to Recovering A Future

Loz, Rohan, and Jess from Recovering A Future set sail for the National Union of Students LGBT Campaign Conference in Nottingham last weekend, where they met LGBT student activists from across the country, passed policy, and ran a workshop on trans* healthcare.

The fantastic news is that the NUS LGBT Campaign, which constitutes the largest LGBT-specific campaign in the UK, voted unanimously to affiliate to the Recovering A Future Network and to support our work. We also met with activists from Liverpool, Brighton, Cardiff and Belfast who seemed pretty keen on setting up Recovering A Future chapters in their local communities. NUS LGBT Committee Trans* Officer Elect, Reubs Walsh, said;

“Recovering A Future does vitally important work and is a beautiful demonstration of the power of community. NUS LGBT passed a motion supporting the work of Recovering A Future and as one of the Trans* reps for the coming year I cannot wait to implement that policy.”

There was some great policy passed at the conference. Of particular note was the “Democratising Trans Healthcare” motion which demands that all decision making regarding transition-related healthcare be handed over to democratic control by trans* people, and to demand needs-based funding for gender services as current service usage underestimates demand. The motion also called for the NUS LGBT Campaign to organise a series of protests calling for those demands. With trans* healthcare in its current state of crisis, it is heartening to see activists making radical demands to put trans* voices at the heart of trans* healthcare (which shouldn’t be a radical demand, really). We look forward to joining the NUS LGBT Campaign in struggle around this issue.

The conference also passed policy to campaign for the removal of the spousal veto in marriage, to no-platform transphobic speakers, to campaign for campaign for gamete storage to be part of GIC services, and a whole host of other excellent policy. We were disappointed that the motion to create a full-time paid Trans* Officer narrowly missed the two-thirds majority it needed to pass into policy (we hope it will pass next year), and that we didn’t get chance to discuss the creation of a conference dedicated to Trans* issues due to time constraints. However, as the Open Place LGBT Officer Elect, Robbie Young, was elected on a platform of creating a Trans* conference, we hope are hoping he will make good on these promises and we will be reporting back from a dedicated Trans* conference next year.

We also wanted to specifically mention some of the great work that LGBT societies have been doing across the country on trans* issues. We spoke to a lot of student activists who had tirelessly campaigned for gender-neutral toilets on their campuses and for trans* students to be able to change their name on their degree certificates. We were particularly impressed with Nottingham LGBT Society who had done some amazing work engaging with medical students to fight for trans* issues to have place on the curriculum. We’re hoping to interview some activists involved in that campaign in the coming weeks.

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