Our Fund is designed to help young people access psychological support, puberty blockers, hormones and expert advice.
If you would like to help a young trans person or know someone who needs help, please get in touch.
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Access subsidised care through The GenderGP Fund
In December 2020, a high court ruling made accessing care via the NHS tougher than ever for trans youth in the UK. Despite subsequent ruling which permits parents to consent on their child’s behalf, young people are still being left without care.
In response, GenderGP launched its own crowdfunder: The GenderGP Fund. This is available to those who live in the UK and Ireland, whose care has been impacted by the ruling.
The Fund aims to help those who might not ordinarily be able to afford it, to access gender-affirming private care.
Further information about the GenderGP fund, including how many young people have been helped so far, can be found here.
For interested applicants aged 16 and over, we have other options available to reduce the cost of care with GenderGP
These include reduced set-up and subscription fees. If you would like to know more about these reductions, please submit a query here and a member of the team will be in touch.
Our Fund enables us to support those who really need it. Here are just a few stories of those we have helped.
Jordan was not born a boy, and he has struggled all his life to be recognised for who he really is. Ever since he was three years old, he would get very upset and distressed whenever he was referred to as female. When he got to school-age, he couldn’t understand why he had to wear a girl’s school uniform – as a boy this made no sense to him.
At the age of nine, after many, many years of being dismissed as a tomboy, and his feelings and wishes ignored, Jordan took a stand. He insisted he would not answer to his old name, nor would he respond to she or her pronouns. Jordan was a boy and, like it or not, he expected to be treated as such.
Home life was one thing and those closest to him respected his wishes. School was a very different matter. Having known Jordan by his old name and pronouns, many teachers at primary school were not willing to change. Misgendering was used as a form of punishment, with teachers using his diversity as a stick. Jordan was told more than once: ‘if you won’t do what I’ve asked you to do, I won’t do what you want me to do’.
Treating his gender as something that could be easily taken away led to other children in school following suit. Jordan became an easy-target for bullies. So he moved school and we moved away from the area.
The next primary school was fantastic and very understanding, there were no issues. But as a result of the move, I struggled to find work and had to rely on Universal Credit.
Jordan was referred to GIDS by his GP, where he sat on the waiting list for a number of years. This negatively impacted his mental wellbeing and the situation was getting worrying, he was starting to lose hope of ever getting the treatment he needed to live a full and confident life.
Then came the December ruling in the Bell v Tavistock case. Jordan, like many other trans youth, was absolutely devastated that, rather than being closer to blocking medication, he was even further from getting the care he needed.
Something had to be done. I spent hours searching the internet for help and found GenderGP. Financial circumstances were strained so I applied to the Fund – the application was approved and Jordan went from feeling awful to amazing and hopeful again, overnight.
I cannot overstate how much this funding has meant to Jordan. I honestly believe this Fund help can change lives and even save lives. What happened in that court ruling was very wrong. But GenderGP is helping to make things right, for those who need help NOW, who cannot afford to wait, but equally cannot ‘afford’ the treatment alone.
Jordan, now 12, is at secondary school, and is hopeful again, thanks to being able to access care via the Fund. Jordan wants to be an actor, and is a talented artist, these days he smiles a lot more, which is amazing to see. Thank you.
Claire (Jordan’s mum)
Emily was five when she first began to express herself as a girl. We left it open for her to explore her gender as she wished. She came out as trans to the immediate family when she was seven and she transitioned socially when she was eight. Emily transitioned at school when she was nine.
It filled me with pride that she could express how she felt to us (I always felt I couldn’t open up with my parents due to a broken relationship) and that she was confident enough to face this head on, without being afraid of being her true self.
We spoke to Emily’s school to keep them up to date with Emily’s transition at home in case she opened up at school, this was always a possibility as we had always told her that she could set the pace and we would follow her lead.
The school was very supportive and sought help from children’s charity, Barnardos. Emily got her own worker who was amazing and a great support. We sought help and advice from our family GP, but sadly received a negative response, as the GP was not supportive in the slightest. Luckily Emily’s Barnardos worker was amazing and helped with all the relevant referrals for GIDS working alongside the school.
One of the key challenges we faced was in getting the GP to take Emily seriously. He observed that she was a happy child and that he couldn’t offer any support with her gender, unless there were signs of attempted suicide. We pushed back and ended up putting in a formal complaint.
The lack of GP support became a real issue when we tried to get a passport issued in Emily’s true gender. We approached four different doctors for help but they each refused to say that the transition would be permanent. When we asked each one in turn why they would not help, they cited different reasons including religious grounds.
This was the point at which we approached the GenderGP Fund for help, not only in getting a letter in support of a change in gender marker on Emily’s passport but also to help with the cost of blockers. Myself and Emily’s mother are both student nurses and work limited hours due to the demand of our courses, the Fund has been a life saver for our family.
Since we accessed the Fund, life has changed dramatically. Emily is much happier because she finally feels that she is being taken seriously by people outside of her immediate support network. She is excited to receive her passport with her true gender – she was jumping for joy (literally) after her session with the GenderGP team.
We will continue to support and work closely with Emily to ensure she has all the relevant information she needs about her transition – the good and the bad – so that she can make an informed decision about her treatment going forward.
As a family we are super proud of the young lady she is becoming.
Elizabeth was 13 – almost to the day – when she told me she was trans. I had known she was struggling with her mental health but because she couldn’t tell me why I felt powerless to help.
While I did feel some concern when she told me, I also felt an overwhelming sense of relief. At least, now that I knew what was upsetting her, I could do something to make things easier.
We began the journey by approaching our GP, as Elizabeth was suffering with anxiety and insomnia. Unfortunately, it didn’t go so well. While he was undoubtedly well-intentioned, he said there was nothing he could do to help. Instead, he referred us to a pediatric specialist who in turn became rather annoyed with our GP and further referred us to Orchard House, which provides CAMHS style support for under 18s. We’ve been on the waiting list for over 18 months.
GenderGP came highly recommended by other parents of young trans people but I didn’t find out about the Fund until I reached out to them.
I cannot tell you how much better our lives have been since we started receiving support and guidance from GenderGP. We couldn’t be more grateful – I finally have my happy child back!
Elizabeth’s mental health has improved dramatically, she has so much more confidence and has been able to return to school full time. I couldn’t be more proud of her.
I am so thankful to have been able to access help via the GenderGP Fund, with their support, I now feel truly able to help my daughter.
My hopes are for Elizabeth to start blockers and oestrogen, when she feels ready to do so. She is growing so quickly that we feel a definite sense of urgency, sadly time is not on our side. Having said that, we are on the right track. Both she and I are very excited for her to start her journey and get her the body she feels comfortable in.
Louise (Elizabeth’s Mum)
Access subsidised care through The GenderGP Fund
In December 2020, a high court ruling made accessing care via the NHS tougher than ever for trans youth in the UK. In response, GenderGP launched its own crowdfunder: The GenderGP Fund. This is available to those who live in the UK and Ireland, whose care has been impacted by the ruling and aims to help those who might not ordinarily be able to afford it, to access private care.
Any funds donated will initially be made available to trans youth under the age of 16, who are at risk as a result of the withdrawal of their gender care on the NHS or HSE.