I'm Dr Helen Webberley, gender specialist. I have been in the UK media a lot over my work with trans patients and I'm here to separate fact from fiction - AMA!
When I set up my website, GenderGP, offering support and advice to trans and non binary people in 2014, I was warned that if I took a special interest in the care of transgender patients, I would become the subject of complaints, investigations, tribunals and hearings.
Fast forward to 2018 and those predictions have come true. While my patients describe the service as life-saving, those operating within the NHS do not take too kindly to what they see as my 'alternative' approach, which is in line with best practice adopted in the US and Canada. The UK media does not have the best reputation when it comes to giving the trans community a fair hearing so much of the attention I have received has been less than complimentary.
My patients on the other hand tell a different story, they tell me on a daily basis that without the service they would have come to harm, they have written countless letters to the regulators in my defence and even set up a crowdfunding page in my honour...so who's right? The patients or the regulators?
I'll let you decide - Ask Me Anything.