Wait times for trans healthcare are out of control. These activists take matters into their own hands

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11/15/2020

Being transgender in Britain in 2020 has at times felt incredibly difficult: not because being trans is in itself hard, necessarily, but because society makes it so. From a long-awaited and ultimately disappointing “reform” of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) – which saw the Conservative government ignore almost all of the proposed reforms that could’ve made legal gender recognition more straightforward and less dehumanising for trans people – to spiralling waiting times for healthcare, it has at times been a rough ride. Healthcare, in particular, has been the focus for many in the trans community. The time it takes from getting a GP referral to a specialist NHS gender dysphoria clinic to the first appointment stretches to four years in some parts of Britain. Without the gender clinic, trans people are unable to get support, healthcare, hormones, surgeries, therapy, and the paperwork needed for legal gender recognition.

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