The GenderGP Podcast

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Top surgery: getting it right
Last Tuesday at 4:24 PM

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 feedback for anyone considering top surgery for themselves, and candidly discusses what he wished he’d known beforehand. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will fi...


Top Surgery: what to ask, with Ioannis Ntanos
04/21/2021

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 the most out of their experience. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. ...


Exploring the binary with @TheymerSophie
04/09/2021

Streamer and essayist, @TheymerSophie returns for a second episode of the GenderGP Podcast in which they talk to Dr Helen and Marianne about what it really means to be non-binary. Together they discuss the idea that there is so much more to gender than just man and woman. They also explore how we, as a society can adapt to make it easier as more people come out, through our use of language and our understanding. If you have any questions related to what it means to be non-binary get in touch and we will invite TheymerSophie back on to answer...


Music and trans visibility with Steph May
03/26/2021

Musician, Steph May, joins Dr Helen and Marianne, to discuss her new single:, “One Life”, which has been released today (March 26th) ahead of Trans Day of Visibility 2021 (March 31st). Together they discuss what visibility means to them and the importance of trans role models. Steph is calling on the trans community and its allies to support her in getting into the UK singles chart, in time for this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31st. Let’s do what we can to give her the boost she needs. The target is 8,000 downloads or 800,000 premium user streams from the trac...


Giving trans youth a voice with Dr Anna Carlile
03/22/2021

Academic and Head of the Education Department at Goldsmiths University, Dr Anna Carlile, joins Dr Helen and Marianne, to discuss her research paper, “It’s like my kid came back overnight”, which focuses on the experiences of trans youth and their families accessing clinical care in the UK. Together they discuss inclusive education for trans youth, the issues faced when young trans people try to access care and how the approach needs to change. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help C...


Talking trans politics in Britain with @TheymerSophie
03/12/2021

Streamer and essayist, TheymerSophie, joins Dr Helen and Marianne, following on from their incredible live stream which raised ÂŁ50,000 for the care of trans youth, via the GenderGP Fund. Together they discuss the state of the transphobia in the UK today; what makes Britain such a hotbed for anti trans activity and what can be done about it. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP o...


Exploring Detransition with Dr Jack Turban
03/02/2021

Dr Jack Turban, child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine, joins the GenderGP podcast for an episode exploring the notion of detransition. Together Jack, Helen and Marianne discuss the notion that a person's gender expression and gender identity can change throughout their life. They acknowledge the use of detransition as an argument against affirming transgender people, and the damage that this does, as well as covering how we need to broaden our understanding of what detransition really means, what is driving it and how we can work to support someone through the process. If you have be...


How gaming became a lifeline for trans youth
02/16/2021

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 that was matched by GenderGP in in-kind donations. Inspired by these incredible fundraising feats, Twitch streamer Ed Sweet, is holding his own live stream to raise funds for trans youth over the weekend of February 20th and 21st. In this episode of the GenderGP Podcast, Ed joins Dr Helen and two other gamers, Dr Helen’s own son, Jack, and Rhy...


A footballing legend’s take on trans rights – Neville Southall
02/11/2021

Footballing legend, Neville Southall, joins Dr Helen and Marianne to talk about equality and why it is so important for those who have a platform to use it for good. Neville talks about the reasons why he regularly hands over his twitter account, with its 170.8k followers to minority groups to help get their message out and why, in order for society to be fair, everyone needs to have a voice. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You...


The Future of Transgender Healthcare – Noah Halpin
01/29/2021

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 for all transgender and non-binary people, and what this means in reality. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. W...


Voice therapy for trans people
01/20/2021

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 conforms to gender stereotypes. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are always happy to...


Practising self-care when times get tough
01/12/2021

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 you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are always happy to accept ideas for future shows, so if...


Marlo Mack: Accepting Your Trans Kid
12/22/2020

Marlo Mack, the creator of the How to Be a Girl podcast, joins Dr Helen and Marianne to share her personal experiences of life with her transgender daughter. Marlo talks about her daughter coming out aged four, some of the people she has met along the way and how the simple act of acceptance was the key to an incredible journey. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will...


Top surgery for trans guys
12/18/2020

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 cover binding, the positive impact of top surgery on intimacy and their ambition to move top surgery from its current position as a fringe of breast surgery, into its own specialty. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via t...


Care for Trans Youth: What Happens Now?
12/06/2020

This episode of the GenderGP podcast features a Live Q&A with Dr Helen Webberley and Lead therapist Marianne Oakes. Together the pair discuss what the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust ruling means for trans youth, how this will impact GenderGP service users, what is being done to help the community and how you can support young trans people. This is also available as a video. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on...


Sizzling Trans Sex
11/10/2020

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 our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are always happy to accept ideas for future shows, so if there is...


The Importance of Trans Characters in Literature
11/02/2020

New Zealand author, Caitlin Spice, joins Dr Helen and Marianne to discuss her latest book, Raven Wild, which features a transgender protagonist. Caitlin talks about how her writing helped her to escape her feelings of gender dysphoria and express herself long before she came out as trans.  If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are always happy to a...


How Christianity Can Embrace Diversity
10/27/2020

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 topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are always happy to accept ideas for future shows, so if...


Trans Women in Sport
10/26/2020

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 can - and must - change to become all inclusive. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us...


Let’s talk about (Trans) sex
09/24/2020

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 the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch,  please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on  Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are always happy to accept ideas for future shows, so if there is something in particular you would...


Why I love being a nurse to trans patients – Holly Lorka
09/17/2020

Holly Lorka is an ICU nurse specialising in the post operative care of transgender patients following gender confirmation surgery. She is also a writer, storyteller and standup comedian. In this episode she talks to Dr Helen and Marianne about her work in Austin, Texas and how she still can’t quite believe how everything has come together, despite all of the challenges she faced growing up gender queer.  Links:   Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/icu-nurse-gender-confirmation-surgery_n_5f33cae2c5b6960c066ecc88  Twitter: @hollylorka  Website: https://hollylorka.com  Pre order Handsome, Stories of an Awkward Girl, Boy, Human


Young Voices: Being a trans youth
08/06/2020

In the second episode of our Young Voices podcast special, Leo shares his experiences of coming out age 11, how his family responded to the news and his experience of accessing care via the Tavistock. As he approaches his 17th birthday, Leo chats to Dr Helen and Marianne about the challenges he has faced and his excitement about the next phase of his journey. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you...


Young Voices: Raising a trans teen
08/06/2020

13 year old Arthur, and his mum, Anna, join Dr Helen and Marianne for this first episode in our Young Voices podcast special. The pair share the two sides of this transition story, from Arthur coming out at age seven, through the day-to-day trials and tribulations of any normal teenager, to his aspirations of one day becoming an Olympian. Together, Arthur and his mum demonstrate that his being trans is the least interesting part about him. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via t...


GP-led trans healthcare in Canada
08/03/2020

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 affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are always happy to accept ideas for future shows, so if there...


What we can learn from trans kids
06/24/2020

In this episode of the GenderGP podcast, journalist - and latest GenderGP team member - Taryn De Vere talks about her experiences of her daughter coming out as trans and how it ignited her passion for activism and her support for the trans community. Together she and our GenderGP co-hosts discuss the importance of education and supporting your trans child. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find u...


Redefining the treatment of Trans Youth – Michelle Telfer
06/05/2020

Dr Michelle Telfer, Associate Professor and Paediatrician at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, joins Dr Helen and Marianne to talk about Australia’s approach to the treatment of trans youth. Together they discuss the vital importance of affirmative treatment in achieving positive outcomes for this group of individuals, as well as the groundbreaking work that went into the production of the world’s first set of clinical guidelines for the treatment of transgender adolescence: The Australian Standards of Care in 2018. If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in tou...


The life-changing effects of FFS – Stephanie Hirst
05/07/2020

Facial Feminisation Surgery Special - Part 3 Stephanie Hirst and Dr David Simon Radio and TV presenter Stephanie Hirst is joined by her surgeon, Dr Simon, co-founder of the FacialTeam in Marbella, Spain. In this third and final part of our Facial Feminisation Special, Stephanie shares her experiences of FFS and how it changed her life, while Dr Simon talks about the guidelines, research and best practice which have been instrumental in forcing the re-evaluation of FFS and the transformative role it can play in the lives of trans women.   Dr Daniel Simon talks to Stephanie Hirst for the GenderGP Podcast   As...


A Surgeon’s Perspective on Facial Feminisation
05/07/2020

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. Together they talk about the research and some of the groundbreaking techniques being carried out by the FacialTeam surgeons, as well as how this work is influencing developments in facial feminisation surgery globally.  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 fe...


What is Facial Feminisation Surgery?
05/07/2020

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 prominence than ever before. This is largely thanks to the groundbreaking work being carried out by experts in the field, including the specialist surgeons at FacialTeam in Malaga, Spain. In this three-part special, we explore all things FFS; from the theory, with Alexandra Hamer, to the practice with Dr Raul Bellinga and finally the impact, with radio and TV p...


Yes, You Are Trans Enough – Mia Violet
04/02/2020

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 any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please visit our Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are always happy to accept ideas for future shows, so if t...