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Being Transgender

Assigned Female at Birth (Female to Male)

FTM people are assigned female at birth but wish to present as Male either on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on the degree of their dysphoria. The female-to-male portion of the transgender spectrum can sometimes be underrepresented on the internet, and it can be difficult for people who identify in this category to find useful sources of information. For this reason, we have created this page of links, which we’ll update as we find more sources ourselves and work with other groups to establish support meetings for you.

Assigned Male at Birth (Male to Female)

MTF people are assigned male at birth but wish to present as female on either a temporary or permanent basis, depending upon the degree of their dysphoria. Typically, this group of the gender spectrum tend to be more visible in society, where they are often referred to as trans-women, transgender women or transwomen. Here in the Beaumont Society, we advocate that the label transgender shouldn’t be confused with that of transsexual. Although this definition is by no means universally accepted, we support parliament’s use of the term transgender, considering it as an umbrella term that includes all types of gender variant people (See 2015 Commons Select Committee report).

Trans Youth

Although it may seem like you are alone sometimes, the good news is that there are a number of organisations throughout the UK that have the experience and resources to help you understand these feelings and support you in accepting them and your identity. Mermaids is probably the most recognised UK support organisation and offers Information, support, friendship and the opportunity for children to share experiences. Additionally, they can also support, where possible, to help their families understand and accept their child’s gender identity issue.

Chrysalis aims to promote self-confidence and well-being through education, practical application and support. Thus enabling progression into becoming a whole person capable of independent living. Chrysalis's support comes from recognised counsellors, social workers and specialist advisers.

Our objective is to relieve the distress and suffering caused to the LGBT community through domestic violence and abuse, in particular, but not exclusively by doing the following: Raising awareness in the LGBT community and elsewhere of the impact of homophobic, transphobic and same-sex domestic violence on the lives of LGBT people.

The Schools Out is an organistaion for young people in any British secondary educational setting who are LGBT. It is also useful for your friends and family members.

If you’re young and confused about your gender, the NHS Choices website contains a special section for younger trans people, where you can share stories and experiences in your own language.

Cass Review

On 10th April, the UK government published the Cass Review, an independent review into gender identity services for young people under 18 in England by paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass. The report made 32 recommendations, some of which are already being implemented following the release of an earlier interim report. The BBC has produced a useful summary of the guidance: 'What does trans mean, and what is the Cass Review?'

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