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The GenderGP Podcast

Dr Helen Webberley and Marianne Oakes are joined by a range of inspiring guests to discuss matters affecting the trans community.

The GenderGP Podcast is a series of interviews and discussions hosted by GenderGP Founder, Dr Helen Webberley and GenderGP Lead Therapist, Marianne Oakes, covering all aspects of life as a member of the trans community.

Chatting with experts, healthcare professionals, influencers and most importantly, transgender people themselves, the GenderGP Podcast aims to provide information, insight and inspiration to those on their own gender journey. It also aims to be a valuable source of  information for family, friends, and anyone looking to understand more about this wonderfully diverse community.

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Transitions: Amy

Transitions: Amy

Transitions is a new mini-series from the GenderGP podcast. GenderGP team member, Cleo Madeleine, will be joined by members of the community to talk about the journeys they have been on, the transitions they have been through and the moments that changed everything....

Transitions: Chloe

Transitions: Chloe

During Dr Helen Webberley’s hearing we’re bringing you Transitions, a new mini-series from the GenderGP podcast. GenderGP team member, Cleo Madeleine, will be joined by members of the community to talk about the journeys they have been on, the transitions they have...

Transitions: Jamie

Transitions: Jamie

During Dr Helen Webberley’s hearing we’re bringing you Transitions, a new mini-series from the GenderGP podcast. GenderGP team member, Cleo Madeleine, will be joined by members of the community to talk about the journeys they have been on, the transitions they have...

Transitions: Ezra

Transitions: Ezra

During Dr Helen Webberley’s hearing we’re bringing you Transitions, a new mini-series from the GenderGP podcast. GenderGP team member, Cleo Madeleine, will be joined by members of the community to talk about the journeys they have been on, the transitions they have...

Transitions: Oliver

Transitions: Oliver

During Dr Helen Webberley’s hearing we’re bringing you Transitions, a new mini-series from the GenderGP podcast. GenderGP team member, Cleo Madeleine, will be joined by members of the community to talk about the journeys they have been on, the transitions they have...

Transitions: Cleo

Transitions: Cleo

During Dr Helen Webberley’s hearing we’re bringing you Transitions, a new mini-series from the GenderGP podcast. GenderGP team member, Cleo Madeleine, will be joined by members of the community to talk about the journeys they have been on, the transitions they have...

Transitions: Rhy

Transitions: Rhy

During Dr Helen Webberley’s hearing we’re bringing you Transitions, a new mini-series from the GenderGP podcast. GenderGP team member, Cleo Madeleine, will be joined by members of the community to talk about the journeys they have been on, the transitions they have...

Transitions: Clark

Transitions: Clark

During Dr Helen Webberley’s hearing we’re bringing you Transitions, a new mini-series from the GenderGP podcast. GenderGP team member, Cleo Madeleine, will be joined by members of the community to talk about the journeys they have been on, the transitions they have...

Transitions: Marianne

Transitions: Marianne

  During Dr Helen Webberley’s hearing we’re bringing you Transitions, a new mini-series from the GenderGP podcast. GenderGP team member, Cleo...

Making Medicine More Inclusive

Making Medicine More Inclusive

On this episode of the GenderGP podcast Marianne is joined by Cleo Madeleine, our podcast producer, and special guest Dr Alison Berner. Dr Berner is a research fellow in oncology and specialist in gender identity whose research addresses barriers to accessing cervical...

GenderGP Q&A: How To Use The Service?

GenderGP Q&A: How To Use The Service?

In a special episode of the GenderGP podcast, Marianne is joined by our own Chief Operating Officer, Katie Tiplady-Startin, to talk about which services we offer, who can use them, and how we work to make gender-affirming healthcare accessible to everyone who needs...

The Impact of Transphobia

The Impact of Transphobia

In this episode of the GenderGP podcast Marianne and Dr Helen sit down together ahead of this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT) on May 17th. Marianne shares how transphobia has affected her and her family, and Dr Helen...

Top surgery: getting it right

Top surgery: getting it right

In this episode of the GenderGP podcast Fionn Collins (he/him), a trans man working for the student union at Technological University Dublin, talks to Marianne about having a second top surgery, following unsatisfactory results from the first. He shares his advice and...

Top Surgery: what to ask, with Ioannis Ntanos

Top Surgery: what to ask, with Ioannis Ntanos

Surgeon, Ioannis Ntanos, returns for a second episode of the GenderGP podcast in which he tackles some of the key questions guys should be asking when considering top surgery. This episode of the podcast seeks to educate and empower the individual so that they can get...

How gaming became a lifeline for trans youth

How gaming became a lifeline for trans youth

Fundraising for trans healthcare has found a new home thanks to the likes of @Hbombrguy who raised a staggering $340,000 for Mermaids in 2019 and @theymerSophie whose livestream on Twitch late in 2020 raised a phenomenal £50,000 towards the GenderGP Fund - an amount...

The Future of Transgender Healthcare – Noah Halpin

The Future of Transgender Healthcare – Noah Halpin

Noah Halpin, founder and manager of the This Is Me Transgender Healthcare Campaign, joins Dr Helen and Marianne to discuss the current state of trans healthcare in Ireland. Together they discuss the importance of fighting for best practice, person-centred healthcare...

Voice therapy for trans people

Voice therapy for trans people

Dr Helen and Marianne are joined by speech-language pathologist Jordan Ross Jakomin. Jordan talks about his passion for helping trans people and the importance of developing a voice that is authentic to the individual rather than trying to recreate a voice that merely...

Practising self-care when times get tough

Practising self-care when times get tough

In this Wellbeing Special, GenderGP’s Psychological Therapies Lead, Marianne Oakes, is joined by Counsellor Amy Walters. The pair discuss some of their learnings and strategies for managing life when times get tough and the importance of being kind to ourselves. If...

Top surgery for trans guys

Top surgery for trans guys

Marianne and Dr Helen are joined by two NHS surgeons specialising in top surgery. Mr Ioannis Ntanos and Miss Chloe Wright discuss the ethics and health policy around top surgery for trans and non-binary individuals. In this episode of the GenderGP podcast, the guests...

Sizzling Trans Sex

Sizzling Trans Sex

Psychologist Dr Lori Beth Bisbey and psychotherapist DK Green join Dr Helen and Marianne to talk about the quest for sizzling sex when you are gender diverse and some of the barriers that can get in the way. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in...

How Christianity Can Embrace Diversity

How Christianity Can Embrace Diversity

Jason Masters is a Christian and an LGBT advocate. In this episode of the GenderGP podcast, he talks candidly to Dr Helen and Marianne about how his own experiences as a gay Christian led to his becoming a fierce trans ally. If you have been affected by any of the...

Trans Women in Sport

Trans Women in Sport

In this episode of the GenderGP podcast we hear from olympian, Kirsti Miller, who joins Dr Helen and Marianne to discuss the role of trans women in sport. Together they discuss the role of hormones in sport, how the rules are no longer fit for purpose and how sport...

Let’s talk about (trans) sex

Let’s talk about (trans) sex

In this episode of the GenderGP podcast, recorded for our Trans Sex Education Special, Marianne and Dr Helen answer some questions from the community. Topics tackled include: anal sex, genital hypersensitivity, asexuality and more. If you have been affected by any of...

GP-led trans healthcare in Canada

GP-led trans healthcare in Canada

Sofie Lasiuk chats with Dr Helen and Marianne about her transition in Canada and her positive experiences with the Canadian healthcare system, a system in which GPs manage and support the healthcare of their trans patients, with incredible results. If you have been...

A Surgeon’s Perspective on Facial Feminisation

A Surgeon’s Perspective on Facial Feminisation

Facial Feminisation Surgery Special - Part 2 Dr Raul Bellinga FacialTeam in Marbella is leading the charge in Facial Feminisation Surgery (FFS). In this episode, Dr Raul Bellinga, facial plastic surgery director and rhinoplasty specialist, joins Dr Helen and Marianne....

What is Facial Feminisation Surgery?

What is Facial Feminisation Surgery?

The GenderGP Podcast: Facial Feminisation Surgery Special As work continues on the updated WPATH Standards of Care, it is anticipated that the transformative role that Facial Feminisation Surgery can play in the lives of trans feminine individuals, will be given more...

Yes, You Are Trans Enough – Mia Violet

Yes, You Are Trans Enough – Mia Violet

Author and campaigner Mia Violet talks to Dr Helen and Marianne about her book: Yes You Are Trans Enough. Together they explore the implications of some of the hoops which trans people are made to jump through in order to prove themselves. If you have been affected by...

From Sally to Shay

From Sally to Shay

Shay Robertson talks to Helen and Marianne about his journey as a trans man, from the very first meeting with his GP, through surgeries and on, into his role as a trans advocate. Together they explore some of the key questions around surgeries for masculinisation as...

Being a Trans Man in the World Today

Being a Trans Man in the World Today

Aydin Olson Kennedy is a clinical social worker and executive director of the Los Angeles Gender Center.  He specialises in working with the parents and families of trans individuals. In this episode of the GenderGP podcast he joins Dr Helen and Marianne to discuss...

A new decade for trans healthcare

A new decade for trans healthcare

In this episode of the GenderGP podcast, Dr Helen chats to Marianne, about how far GenderGP has come in the last five years and what the future holds for trans healthcare. The pair also discuss the language around trans youth, fertility, GP collaboration and the...

The Dad Who Gave Birth – Freddy McConnell

The Dad Who Gave Birth – Freddy McConnell

Freddy McConnell is a dad, first and foremost, he is also a writer, podcaster, and campaigner. In this episode of the GenderGP podcast he discusses his journey and the role of the internet in enabling visibility, particularly in the case of trans men. He also shares...

Transgender Day of Remembrance Special

Transgender Day of Remembrance Special

This special edition of the GenderGP podcast was recorded to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019. Our head of counselling Marianne Oakes, is joined by Victoria Oldman, GenderGP’s Appraisal Pathway Lead. The pair discuss what TDOR means to them and the importance...

Gender Confirmation Surgery – Danica Rain

Gender Confirmation Surgery – Danica Rain

When paramedic Danica Rain started to investigate her options for Gender Confirmation Surgery, she was dismayed to find that her choices at home in Canada were limited. So she set out on a worldwide quest to find: "the best possible surgeon who would deliver the best...

The Truth About Transitioning in Ireland

The Truth About Transitioning in Ireland

Our lead counsellor, Marianne, takes over the reins in this episode. She is joined by Veronica Victor and the pair discuss what it's like to move from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco to the tranquility of rural Ireland, where Veronica has found the peace to...

Trans Representation within the NHS – Tara Hewitt

Trans Representation within the NHS – Tara Hewitt

Tara Hewitt is best known as the co-founder of the Trans Equality Legal Initiative (TELI) - the UK's first coalition of trans people, human rights lawyers and diversity professionals. Along with her work as a diversity and inclusion consultant, she is wholly dedicated...

Trans Visibility in Formula 1 with Charlie Martin

Trans Visibility in Formula 1 with Charlie Martin

British racing driver Charlie Martin, shares her inspirational story as she embarks on the biggest challenge of her life: to become the first transgender racing driver to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour race. In this episode of the GenderGP podcast Charlie joins Dr...

Trans Ethics with Florence Ashley

Trans Ethics with Florence Ashley

Transfeminine jurist and bioethicist Florence Ashley, joins Dr Helen and Marianne to discuss ethics in the context of medical treatment for transgender people.   Topics covered in this episode include: The ethics of diagnosis for trans people The relevance of...

On the Road with GenderGP

On the Road with GenderGP

In this mini episode of the GenderGP podcast, Dr Helen and Marianne discuss their trip to Cornwall, where they launched the GenderGP roadshow. The roadshow provided an opportunity to meet some members of the team, ask any burning questions and (importantly!) enjoy a...

How it Feels When Your Partner Comes Out as Trans

How it Feels When Your Partner Comes Out as Trans

On this episode of the GenderGP podcast, we hear from counsellor Jackie Swarbrick, who talks very openly to GenderGP Therapist Marianne Oakes, about her experiences as the partner of first a trans and then a bi-gender person. As a partner, Jackie found she struggled...

Affirmative Healthcare for Trans Youth

Affirmative Healthcare for Trans Youth

On March 31st, Transgender Day of Visibility, GenderGP hosted a live Q&A with some of the leading international experts in the field of trans youth care. Dr Helen Webberley was joined by Dr Johanna Olson-Kennedy, Aydin Olson-Kennedy and ‘live from California’,...

Queer Sex with Juno Roche

Queer Sex with Juno Roche

In this episode of the GenderGP podcast, author Juno Roche joins Dr Helen Webberley and co host Marianne Oakes to discuss a topic which has long been ignored: queer sex. In her enlightening book, of the same name, Roche interviews trans and non binary couples about...

Transgender Healthcare in the UK

Transgender Healthcare in the UK

Healthcare for trans and non binary people in the UK today is in crisis. Patients wait as long as four years for a first appointment and this can be followed by a further 24 month wait for a prescription. So how does a gender variant person even begin to navigate the...

What does it mean to be trans in Britain today?

What does it mean to be trans in Britain today?

Dr Helen Webberley and Marianne Oakes explore some of the myths around gender variance by addressing some frequently asked questions received via GenderGP including: Can there really be infinite gender identities? Can you make someone transgender by supporting them?...

The GenderGP Podcast Intro Episode

The GenderGP Podcast Intro Episode

Welcome to the first episode of the GenderGP podcast featuring Dr Helen Webberley, GP and Gender Specialist, and Marianne Oakes, lead counsellor at GenderGP. In this introductory episode we're going to talk a little about why we decided to launch this podcast and what...