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Checking my underwear

Dateline: Brighton, September 2018

Wandering into Conference a leaflet is thrust into my hands. It touches on current Government consultation on the Gender Recognition Act.

One paragraph of the leaflet sets the tone “sex self-ID that would allow any man to get his birth certificate reissues in the opposite sex. Just like that. On demand. With no change to his body and no medical supervision.”

The rest of the leaflet is a list of scenarios each more prurient than the last. None of these scenarios are evidenced as ever having happened, no evidence that a trans woman has ever abused the trust of other women in these sensationalist and inflammatory ways. Just a list of “what if”.

Leaving aside the paucity of the author’s hypothesis there is another consideration, if not sex self-ID then what?

The author suggests “changes to his body” and “medical supervision”.

While this article is not a treatise on the NHS most people recognise that for anything beyond measles that means triage, waiting times, a postcode lottery, financial limits and gatekeepers.

In the context of the current gender recognition process (leading to a Gender Recognition Certificate and a new Birth Certificate) that means two medical practitioners from suitable disciplines with experience in treating gender dysphoria.

Let me tell you about my gatekeepers.

My third psychiatrist was a sincere doctor from Iran. They cared about their patients, understood the genuine and immediate health care implications of gender dysphoria – depression, stress, frustration, anger, self-harm, self-loathing and suicide. They wanted to help not just by treating the symptoms, but the root cause as well. Everything a good doctor should be.

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  • Michael 1
    Continued (sorry!) I would also make a point of providing sanitizer to deliverers and making sure they use it very, very regularly. It might be a good way...
  • Michael 1
    I think that it is wise for local parties to be sensitive to the views of local people (although sometimes we are oversensitive!) and we don't want to be accuse...
  • Martin
    A leafleting letterbox tool could minimise risk. Such a device has been discussed before. https://www.libdemvoice.org/choosing-ones-ideal-focus-delivery-tool-...
  • Simon Pike
    The issue is not health and safety (directly), but compliance with the Regulations. These state that you can only leave your home for certain specified reasons....
  • Spidermite
    Well the locals are not until May, what's the harm in holding off from leafleting now and reviewing the situation nearer the time. The locals may even be pushed...