So I signed up for a workshop.
Kirrin, Head of Trans Inclusion, Stonewall
Pronouns: they/them, he/him
Note taker, Stonewall TRA
A therapist to deal with any wobblies (who I also happen to know is a Gendered Intelligence trainer)
A trans-identified man
Pronouns: she/her, they/them
I’ll call him Dave.
A trans-identified woman
Pronouns: he/him, they/them.
I’ll call her Sue.
And me, a non-binary
Pronouns: they/them (said with straight face)
Messages from the therapist were sent repeatedly to us throughout the meeting reminding us of the ever ready break out room available.
Initially he saw someone privately to get oestrogen and thereafter his GP was prepared to prescribe after the private doctor had written the
Sue has still not been seen by a GIC despite a 2 year wait. She had also gone to a private doctor to get testosterone. The GP surgery was not prepared to prescribe hormones for gender dysphoria. Her private doctor was overwhelmed by requests.
Dave, who also partly IDs as NB, agreed with me that GPs didn’t understand beyond the binary. When he went to the GP to discuss his gender dysphoria the
Sue was sick of being the only trans person anyone had met in their life and asked how much cognitive dissonance you had to have to describe her a woman
Both were deeply concerned that their GPs and other health professionals had taken an interest in noting that they appeared to be taking care of themselves (as if this
It was agreed that trans people who were affected by autism and ADHD had a more difficult time accessing hormones, since they would be more likely not to be able to behave according to social norms.
Dave said that the binary wasn’t helpful for intersex people and that we know now that there is no such thing as binary sex dimorphism.
It was also queried whether the NHS does diversity training with regards to ethnicity and that it should be
(The Civil Service and NHS have had mandatory equality training since at least the Lawrence Inquiry - the Stonewall bod must surely know this and should have intervened to point this out,
The media fixation on trans kids over the last year has had a knock-on MH effect on trans people.
One reported a very positive experience of a trans-led health project, because it meant they didn’t
It was questioned why any of it needed to be done through the GIC at all and that endocrinologists should be able to do the hormone checks.
Sue then related some rather complicated health issues, which sounded like continued treatment with cross sex hormones were only going to make worse.
Getting access to treatment was a postcode lottery and that treatment shouldn’t be denied on an arbitrary measure.
Sue then got very exasperated and complained that when you make a complaint that there was nowhere to go. You never know who to turn to. But then mentioned PALs (every NHS Trust has one) thereby admitting that
People don’t come back to you, Sue complained (no they don’t come back to *you*, Sue).
Joking aside this is bullshit because all PALS offices will come back to you, they have to, although they might not tell you want you want to hear.
It’s like we were literally in a vacuum.
As he had begun to transition and was becoming more trans-feminine in appearance he had been harassed more.
He didn’t want to contact the police for political reasons (wait until you hear why *that* was).
It made him wonder whether ‘Am I pretending to be a boy?’
Sue said ‘not really’ and that hate was mostly directed at TW than TM, which caused Dave to give out a little pleasurable sigh.
She was also concerned that as she progressed through transition,
Dave returned to his story about the man who followed him. He explained that he wouldn’t want to report an incident like that because - get this - they might be a marginalised person, like a black person, who
It might also have the net negative effect that the person might be made more transphobic if they were confronted about their behaviour.
Yes, said Dave, let’s break the negative feedback cycle.
Sue agreed and said that it will always feed into transphobia and she was always ‘having to be the archetype’.
Though Dave’s alternative version to this was ‘we are everywhere’.
Kirrin - what can we do to help that hurt person?
Dave said he thought therapy might help. Though even he thought having a 1-2-1 meeting might be a bit much on the victim.
Dave thought there should be a separate body from the police to sort out offenders who had MH problems.
Kirrin asked if people had any more ideas, or any other areas that needed to be covered?
Sue agreed and said that your biological sex is only relevant to you, your partner and your doctor, and that now passports have
Also when being searched by security at airports one really needs it to be gender neutral and that it was ‘completely irrelevant’ to have the same sex person do the searches.
Dave has friends who have gone through the criminal justice system and that CJ is all part of the same power structure, like health, which oppresses people.
This, as we know, is totally untrue, there are men without GRCs in prison with women,
I also thought the phrase ‘most closely resembles their gender marker’ was very interesting.
Dave said that trans people in immigration centres faced a more precarious situation than others. Pronouns don’t make no difference there and it was ‘another kind of death’.
But it is true that 500K is a lot of money based on the opinions of just 350 people, especially when a financial reward is involved.