16 petitions

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Petition to Baroness Susan Williams (Cons), Penny Mordaunt MP (Cons), Stephen Hammond (Cons), Olly Entwhistle, James Brokenshire, Andrew Gwynne MP (Lab), Dawn Butler MP (Lab), Alun Cairns MP (Cons), James Palmer, Andrew Goodall

Transgender Healthcare Services In The UK Are Broken - URGENT Improvements Are Needed

Gender diverse patients, waiting up to four years for a first appointment, are suffering unnecessarily. Clarity is urgently needed on interim healthcare options. The Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the provision of LGBT healthcare has now closed (05.10.18) and our thoughts have never been more focused on the future provision of healthcare to gender diverse patients in the UK. Now is the time for transgender voices to be heard and for their health to be given the same level of importance as every other person in Britain. The 2016 Women and Equalities Report found that ‘the NHS is letting down trans people, with too much evidence of an approach that can be said to be discriminatory and in breach of the Equality Act.’ Yet, since then, little appears to have changed. Gender dysphoria, if dismissed and ignored, is life-threatening across all age groups, and yet patients can wait up to four years for a first appointment. By comparison, patients with diabetes wait 18 weeks to see a specialist. To that end, the signatories of this letter are today calling for better transition healthcare for this marginalised group of people. Despite the World Health Organisation thankfully declassifying their diagnostic category of Gender Incongruence as a mental illness in 2018, there is something about gender diversity which makes some people very afraid. Mention children and the levels of hysteria rise further, as borne out by regular tabloid headlines denying and ridiculing those who are simply not comfortable with the gender they were assigned at birth. Yet, research recently published in the the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reveals that when children are allowed to transition, including the use of puberty blockers, it improves their mental health. Furthermore the American Academy of Pediatrics, which with 64,000 professional members is the most respected paediatric organisation in the world, recommends taking a “gender affirming” non judgemental approach so that: “children feel safe in a society that too often marginalizes and stigmatizes those seen as different.”  As you well know, our response to gender variant patients here in the UK is to put them on a waiting list for highly specialised NHS service provision. These specialised service clinics are massively overwhelmed. As a result, young people wait 18 months just for an initial appointment, and adults wait up to four years. It is only then, that the path to treatment begins and it is a path that can take anything up to 24 months. Many trans patients are told that their care will be withdrawn if they seek interim private options while they wait for NHS services. No other branch of medicine would operate in this way. Furthermore, while they wait, there is often little support, as many GPs and local hospitals hide behind a shocking lack of knowledge and skills. Instead huge numbers of patients are left to flounder. For some, this proves too much and they resort to accessing medication on the black market without a prescription, to bridge the gap while they wait for safe care. For others, it is worse and common outcomes are self harm and suicide. The recently published NHS England Service Specifications supports an approach emulating best practice in parts of Canada and the US. Here, a primary care based model operating according to the informed consent principle, is closer to the ‘norm’. However, while the developments are certainly heading in the right direction, patients are unlikely to see the benefits until 2021/22. Furthermore, the service specifications do not give any recommendations on bridging services for patients while they wait for treatment, nor do they advise GPs on how they might support their patients, while they wait to be seen. The guidance does refer to the fact that patients might be self-medicating, but offers no advice for the safe transfer to prescribed medication. What these patients need is access to the right interim support and medication via a channel where they can be monitored and cared for. Healthcare professionals of all grades also need emergency education to enable them to offer help at all levels. Patients are suffering and a workable solution must be found. We are calling for:- NHS waiting times for gender diverse patients of all ages to be urgently reviewed.- Clear options on interim solutions to be made available to people while waiting for their NHS appointment.- Assessment and treatment pathways to be modernised.- Alternate healthcare solutions to be recognised.- Clear information on how best to support gender-diverse patients in a primary care setting to be cascaded to those working in primary and secondary care.- Clear guidelines so that GPs feel empowered to offer support, including bridging prescriptions and shared care agreements, where requested.- Private care to be made available without retribution or consequences to the patient (as laid out in the NHS constitution). On behalf of the many transgender people currently being let down by NHS healthcare services, we request a response to the above issues outlining how they will be tackled, and by when. We welcome the opportunity to discuss our ideas for education and service delivery in person, and to facilitate the opportunity for trans voices to be heard. Yours sincerely Dr Helen Webberley, GP and Gender Specialist Dr Mike Webberley, Consultant Physician and Gender Specialist Aimee Challenor, Equality Campaigner Ali Camps, Co-Chair of Pride in London Annette Pryce, NUT (Section) LGBT+ Executive Member Aydin Olson-Kennedy LCSW, Executive Director Los Angeles Gender CenterBernard Reed OBE, MA, MBA, Trustee, Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) Capt Catherine Burton FRAeS Chay Brown, Trans Actual UKChristine Burns MBE., MSc., C.Eng., MBCS, Author; Trans Britain Dominic Davies, CEO Pink Therapy Dr Adrian Harrop, ST3 Registrar in General Practice; LGBTQ+ campaignerDr Ben Vincent, BA (Cantab) MPhil PhD, Chair, Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) Dr Heather Peto, LGBT Labour Transgender Officer Dr Meg-John Barker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University Dr Ruth Pearce, Research Fellow, University of Leeds Dr Carol Steele B.Sc., Ph.D. Dr Norman Spack, Founder of 1st USA clinic to medically treat adolescents with gender dysphoria, at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Edward Lord OBE, JP Chair Establishment Committee, City of London Corporation (personal capacity) Ellen Murray, Executive Director TransgenderNI Heather Paterson, LGBT+ Campaigner and Community WorkerIain McCallum, Advisor All About Trans India Willoughby, Broadcaster & Journalist Jane Fae, Writer Jay Stewart, Gendered Intelligence Jennie Kermode, Chair, Trans Media Watch Jenny-Anne Bishop OBE, All Wales Gender Identity Partnership Group Juno Roche, writer and campaigner Karen Pollock MBACP, Counsellor Northumberland Kate Adir, Trans advocate Kate Hutchinson, Director at Wipe Out Transphobia Katherine O’Donnell, Journalist, LGBTI rights campaigner & Equality Network Trustee Kellie Maloney, Former Boxing promoter. Broadcaster and diversity Speaker Marianne Oakes Dip Couns Michelle Ross, Founder and Director cliniQ Munroe Bergdorf, Model and Social ActivistNatacha Kennedy, Goldsmiths College and University College London Natalie Washington, Transgender advocateNeville Southall, ex goalkeeper for Everton FC Paul Farrelly, MPProf. Stephen Whittle, OBE, PhD, DLaws hc, FAcSS, MA, LLB, BA, Professor of Equalities Law, The Manchester Law School, Vice President and Head of Legal Services Sally Jane Coles B.Sc child health, RGN,NMP Sophie Cook, Writer and Broadcaster Sue Pascoe, LGBT+ Conservative Council MemberTara Hewitt Leadership & Inclusion Consultant Co-founder Trans Equality Legal Initiative Terry Reed OBE, JP, BA (Hons), MCSP, SRP, Grad. Dip. Phys, Trustee, Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) Organisations:Gendered IntelligencePress For Change Lincs Parents of LGBT

4,328 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Unicode, Facebook, Google, Apple

Unicode, Google and Facebook: Why is there still no Transgender flag emoji?

What’s more important: the trans community or a lobster? The answer should be obvious, but this is just one of the many emojis that Unicode (which Facebook, Google and Apple are voting members of) has chosen instead of the trans flag for the last update. Even though it’s one of the most requested emojis. Emojis are a way for the world to connect, and trans people shouldn’t be left out of the conversation. Unicode granted the Lobster emoji proposal, which argued that people suffered ‘frustration and confusion’ at having to use a shrimp or crab emoji in instead of a lobster. Imagine if that was your gender. Surely we deserve the same rights you have afforded crustaceans? Especially as a community so often faced with violence and discrimination. Please give our trans mothers, brothers, fathers, sisters and friends the love they deserve. P.S. In a twist of fate: Lobsters can actually be Gynandromorphs (an organism that contains both male and female characteristics). So we’re going to take it as our symbol, until we get the Trans emoji we deserve.    We would also like to give a huge thanks for everyone that helped make this video possible by donating their time and talent:  Animation by YLLW Studio DOP : Jomar O’meally Sound Design: Stuart Allen-HyndMusic  Feels So Right by Blayre MicMassive thanks to Zoe Hart at A&G sync and Dane Bradshaw.Also a big thank you to Jungle studios

Nail It by Charlie Craggs
4,814 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

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Response to Guardian Letter "Standing up for transsexual rights"

On Friday the 4th of May, the Guardian published a letter from several trans people titled “Standing up for transsexual rights”. The letter is written to suggest that many trans people object to the changes to the Gender Recognition Act currently being reviewed, and includes several signatures. I have written the following response to their letter, but in order to have an impact I need to collect signatures of my own from trans people opposed to their view point. Please sign if you are happy for your name (no other details) to be included with this letter to be sent to the Guardian next week. Note :- I am looking specifically for trans people to sign to illustrate how the letter writers represent a minority in our community, so while I am grateful of support from cis allies, please only sign if you are trans identified. ThanksLetter is as follows :- We, the undersigned, are deeply disappointed by the letter submitted to the Guardian by a small contingent of the trans community and published on the 4th May 2018. Using the largely disused term “transsexual” to describe themselves over the more inclusive and widely accepted “transgender”, they seek to distance themselves from members of our community who cannot or do not wish to have all aspects of stereotypical medical transition, and create an arbitrary division that supports their rights at the expense of other trans people. The letter implies that people identifying as transgender do not undergo meaningful transition, medical or otherwise, dismisses many as “sexual fetishists”, and erases the existence of trans men and non-binary people. Recently, proposed amendments to the Gender Recognition Act that would extend legal rights to medically non-transitioning trans people and non-binary people have been rigorously attacked from across the political spectrum, leading to increased harassment of trans people and a greater sense of precariousness for many already marginalised within our society. In the light of this, we are saddened that a small number of people within the trans community would throw the most vulnerable “under the bus”, setting themselves up as gatekeepers as to whose identities and bodies should be viewed as legitimate, and echoing the same behaviours that have historically kept trans people excluded and dehumanised, in an attempt to make themselves appear more palatable to hostile elements within society, There are many reasons why a trans person may not undergo medical transition. They may be physically unable to take hormones or have surgery for other, unrelated medical reasons, or be unable to access treatment due to discrimination, dangerously long NHS waiting lists, or social and financial constraints. Others make the choice not to undergo some or all of the physical aspects of transition, because of the risks of complications such as sexual dysfunction or the certainty of infertility, because they have been able to come to terms with their gender dysphoria through other means, because they find the medical options offered are not in-line with their personal gender identity, or because it simply isn't the right time in their lives to do so. None of these reasons are any more or less legitimate or meaningful than any other, just as no trans body is more or less legitimate than another. At this time the trans community must stand in solidarity with all its members, irrespective of gender identity or medical history, and must resist external pressure to police one another's identities and bodies. To fail to advocate for the rights of all trans people is to fail the most vulnerable amongst us.    

Elizabeth Frost
1,178 supporters