I don’t think they thought I was ready for surgery… They wouldn’t hear me out… I felt like they didn’t believe me. Until I was like “I’m in therapy, and I’m in this” and… I felt like at that point they can’t deny me because I’m doing everything they asked and telling them everything they want to hear. And at that point I’d been presenting as female for almost 4 years [3 years beyond the WPATH requirement for lower surgery].

Trans patient, quoted in MacKinnon et al., (2020), International Journal of Mental Health

Health Care Professionals

Florence Ashley, B.C.L., LL.B., Jurist and Bioethicist
www.florenceashley.com

Jacub Fernandes, Registered Psychotherapist
jacubfernandes@gmail.com
www.elephanttherapy.com

Reece Malone, Master of Public Health, Doctorate of Human Sexuality
info@reecemalone.com
www.reecemalone.com/reece-malone/

Dr. Mari-Lynne Sinnott, MD CCFP, Clinic 215
clinictwofifteen@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/clinic215/
www.archguelph.ca/transgender-health-care

Organizations

Informed Consent for Access to Trans Health (ICATH) promotes the use of informed consent as a recognized standard of care to support the ultimate well-being and autonomy for people who are transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming.

The Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre offers answers to frequently asked questions about informed consent.

Re:Searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health is a team of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, Two-Spirit, and queer (LGBTQ2S+) and ally researchers who focus on understanding how LGBTQ2S+ people experience physical and emotional (mental) health, and how they access health services.

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Footnotes
  1. Bouman, W.P., Richards, C., Addinall, I., de Montis, A. Arceus, J…. & Wilson, D. (2014). Yes and yes again: Are standards of care which require two referrals for genital reconstructive surgery ethical? Sexual and Relationship Therapy 29(4), 385. ↩︎