I’m Kate, and I’m a trans woman. I’m a doctor – I’ve worked in the NHS since 1999 and I’m really passionate about seeing good healthcare for trans people happen everywhere. We have such a long way to go to achieve that. Professionals tell me that there is very little, if any, education on how best to look after the specific needs of trans people. We need to change this.
Reforming the Gender Recognition Act would be an important step to de-pathologising trans identities.
Reforming the Gender Recognition Act would be an important step to de-pathologising trans identities. For too long we've been labelled as mentally ill or having a 'medical condition'. Our understanding of gender identity has moved on beyond that now. We are not defined by an illness. The right to self-determination of legal gender is something that has been successfully adopted by several countries in the world already. It is about time the UK made that change too.
When I began my transition in the mid 90s there weren’t any role models that I felt I could relate to.
When I began my transition in the mid-90s there weren’t any role models that I felt I could relate to. In fact, most of the stories I read about in the press were so sensationalised and negative, or they were about people whose lives were so remote to my own. Now our community is so broad and diverse it’s easier to see people around you who you can relate to.
Equality for all people should be fundamental to any civilised society. Trans people are no exception to that. More than ever we need our allies to be standing up for us and advocating for us. Our voice can only reach so far: with our allies on our side we can speak to so many more people.
Equality for trans people matters and I'm not going to stay silent about it anymore.
It was Martin Luther King who said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Equality for trans people matters and I'm not going to stay silent about it anymore.