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Topics related to gender identity - and issues that are relevant to many trans people's lives - have thankfully been receiving greater attention in the UK in recent years. This includes increasing interest in our service and what we do.

We welcome media enquiries about our work. Please contact our Trust’s dedicated press office who will be happy to help.

A warm welcome to the Gender Identity Clinic

From today the Tavistock and Portman will be the interim provider for the Gender Identity Clinic (GIC), based near the Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith. Existing patients will continue to receive their care uninterrupted, with the same staff, in the same location.

GIC is the largest and oldest gender clinic in the UK, dating back to 1966. It accepts referrals from all over the UK for people with issues related to gender. It is a multi-disciplinary administrative and clinical team, including psychologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists and speech and language therapists. We work together in order to provide holistic gender care, focusing on the biological/medical, psychological and social aspects of gender.

As demonstrated by the Channel 4 documentary series Kids on the Edge, our work on gender identity shows how we apply our unique approach as a thought leader in mental health and identity issues to address a rising need for a holistic and considered approach.

Paul Jenkins, our Chief Executive, said: ‘We are delighted to be providing this service in 2017/18 and we wish all of our new staff a very warm welcome. We look forward to working with the GIC team to provide the best possible outcomes for service users, and we welcome their contributions to our work as thought leaders in mental wellbeing and identity.’

The service has launched a new website with information for service users and patients, along with referral information for medical professionals. You can visit the new site at https://gic.nhs.uk

How Matt and Ash feel about taking part in our documentary

Have you watched Kids on the Edge: The Gender Clinic? Visit the Tavistock and Portman website to see Ash and Matt, and their mums, talk about how they feel about taking part in our documentary. Or read the transcript below.

 

Transcript

The Gender Clinic

Century Films: What was it like being filmed?

Ash: I would explain it as a ten out of ten situation because it was fun to be honest

CF: Why did you want to share your story with us?

A: Because I think people needed to know. I wanted to be on it to share reasons about how transgender is and how it can change you.

Loads of other trans kids can't be transgender and this would be a great film to make to show that they are not alone

CF: Did you talk to your mum lots before you decided to be in the documentary? Because it's a big decision, isn't it?

A: It is a big decision, yeah. But once you do it you don't feel shy any more. You do it and it feels good to get it off your chest.

Terri: She enjoyed the whole thing and it's really boosted her confidence a whole lot. Even just you guys, the film crew, understanding her. I think there aren't a lot of people outside the family who have met her and been understanding about the situation. She knows that once everybody watches it, that hopefully even if only 20% of people understand

CF: When you go to school tomorrow and your friends ask you about the documentary, what will you say?

A: I'm gonna say big thumbs up! Watching it was not as bad as I thought it would be – I thought I would cry but it made me laugh really hard.


Rachel (Matt’s mum): There comes a point at which you need to tell your story to everybody, to try and make people understand. What you see in the documentary really is a taste of what daily life is like. You do have the likes of Caitlin Jenner highlighting transgender issues, but it doesn’t show how difficult it really is. So the decisions was a hard one, but the positives outweigh the negatives. If they hadn’t, we wouldn’t have taken part.

I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction. Yeah, I really enjoyed it, I was really quite happy about it. I know that Matt has seen the documentary as well – he think’s he’s an absolute legend.

Matt wanted to take part because if he could show everybody then he wouldn’t have to tell everybody. If nobody asks me any more questions it might be easy for me to find my place in society.

Matt’s message:

I want people to understand who I am and who I want to be, that’s why I wanted to take part in the documentary. I don’t like talking and answering questions or explaining myself, so people can watch the film

Website launch – thanks to everyone for the initial feedback!

We are proud to announce that this website for the Gender Identity Development Service – gids.nhs.uk – is now live. We'd like to give thanks to everyone who has given feedback on the website so far.

The site has been put together with extensive involvement with young people, their parents and other family members, health professionals and other stakeholder groups. We find input and feedback really helpful, and we will continue to take ideas from people from many different groups as the site develops. If you have any suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us

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