As a Trust we are happy to support International Transgender Day on 31 March. We are an open, accepting and inclusive organisation, whether you are a patient or a member of staff.
In a survey 1 in 4 LGBT people indicated that they had not come out with any medical professional, and 1 in 5 delayed accessing help because of it. Being trans means there are additional and specific health concerns to be conscious of, so it’s really important to be open about your identity and lifestyle with your GP and other healthcare professionals if you are to get the best healthcare.
Trans and non-binary people who retain some physical components of the sex they were born to may still be at risk of certain cancers. For example of breast tissue, and of the cervix in the case of trans-men, and of the prostate in the case of trans-women. For this reason it’s really important to attend regular screening tests to detect problems early. Depending on your gender identity, and how you are registered with your GP, you may or may not be called for screenings automatically. This leaflet explains when you can expect to be called, and when you may need to ask.
LGBT people are more likely to experience mental health problems than the wider population. Experience of bullying, rejection, stigma and discrimination may lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and feelings of isolation. Mind offer mental health support for people who are trans as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning.
The LGBT Foundation also provides a talking therapies service to the LGBT communities of the North West, including access to LGBT affirmative therapy, counselling with an LGBT specialist therapist and FREE sessions to individuals and couples.
LGBTQ people are less likely to be active than the rest of the population, but why? For many people sport and physical activity is a world where gender stereotypes are in full swing, meaning that getting active can be uncomfortable or even frightening. For those who do want to get active it can often be alone, without the fun and camaraderie that being on a team has to offer. It’s not right, and it’s not fair.
For more information you can visit the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) website. GIRES is a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender. You can also visit Tranzwiki which is a comprehensive directory of the groups campaigning for, supporting or assisting trans and gender non-conforming individuals.