Media enquiries

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.

Improving support for trans youth conference

We're hosting a one-day conference about improving support for trans youth on Friday 2 February 2018. It will bring together health practitioners, youth workers, academics, third sector groups and other service providers to focus on the question of how to work together to better support trans young people.

The number of children and adolescents presenting as transgender or gender non-conforming has increased significantly over recent years. This increase has raised concerns about timely access to healthcare and also the appropriateness of specialist health services being the first or most effective source of psychological support.

Other agencies, such as community organisations, youth groups and schools play a vital role in providing support and resources to young people and their families, and are increasingly a first point of contact for those questioning their identity.

The conference will bring together health practitioners, youth workers, academics, third sector groups and other such service providers to focus on the question of how to work together to better support trans* young people.

Speakers include:

  • Ryan Gingell, Allsorts Brighton
  • Hannah Greenslade & Ellie Sinclair, Gender Space, Barnardo’s, Leeds 
  • Andy Hunt, Intercom Trust, Exeter
  • Jo Pearce, Gender Dysphoria Therapeutic Group, Solent CAMHS
  • Jay Stewart, Gendered Intelligence, London
  • Lisa Vine, Young Transgender Centre of Excellence, Leicester

There will also be ample opportunity for discussion, questioning, networking and learning.

The event is a collaboration between our Gender Identity Development Service, the Transforming Sexuality and Gender Research cluster, University of Brighton, and the University of Roehampton.

Dr. Bernadette Wren, Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Gender Identity Development Service, said:

“Increasingly, third sector organisations and charities, as well as Child and Adolescent and Mental Health Services and schools, are the first port of call for many gender questioning young people. Across the country, such organisations are providing regular groups and one-to-one meetings that offer emotional support, fun, mentoring and learning, as well as other kinds of vital help and information. 

“While referral onwards to a specialised service like our Gender Identity Development Service is one potential pathway, we can work together, and learn from each other, more effectively so as offer better-tailored support to gender diverse young people.”

*We use the term ‘trans’ as a collective term for a range of gender non-conforming experiences including non-binary trans, gender fluid, and gender questioning.

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

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.



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