Anderson

Gender: Non-binary

Pronouns: They/them

Anderson is 26 and non-binary. They came out as queer to friends at the age of 13. They were engaged in a lot of activist communities as a teenager and were heavily involved with gender politics. Anderson says LGBT YouTubers were an important way of connecting with their queer identity, specifically queer black YouTubers.

Anderson is currently on the waiting list to be seen by the NHS Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) and it has been two years waiting time so far. Due to the impact on their mental health they have chosen to raise the funds for private top surgery through crowd funding.

They feel conflicted about the benefit hormone therapy would have on their life and sometimes find it difficult to separate what they are feeling about their body and other important factors in their life. Top surgery is the only thing they are certain about at the moment.

Anderson thinks it’s important for young people to have safe spaces to explore their gender identity, spaces to discuss it, to feel safe, to experiment, to try out clothes, to try out conversations, to try out names, to try out experiences Anderson values the time they spent with charity organizations as a young person. They say other people that told me that regardless of whether you;re a child or a young person you have rights, and you are a human being who has the right to a voice and the right to decide what happens for yourself

Anderson’s advice to health professionals is to Read about trans lives, read, if you;re interested even slightly in LGBT history or information go and find it, there is information out there They want to remind others that the trauma is real and that people go through a lot in order to get to the room of a doctor, and to knock on that door, to open that room door and sit down and speak to someone in that way

Anderson wants their health professionals to be clued up’ on LGBT services in their local community and to engage with people and speak to the community.

Age at interview 26

Anderson thinks a priority in trans healthcare is community outreach’ and putting funding into community projects.

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Anderson talks about the activism and youth work they have done throughout their life.

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Anderson talks about the pressure they feel when it comes to representing black trans masculinity.

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Anderson says there’s a lot of internal transphobia within [sexual health] servicesthey could do better.

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Anderson says be awesomethe power is at your fingertipsyou live your best lives.

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Anderson feels there should be support and contact offered to people while on the long waiting list for GIC.

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Anderson talks about deciding to crowd fund their surgeries to avoid the waiting list and the damaging impact on their mental health.

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Anderson says coming out [as a trans person of colour] and approaching your gender, culture, heritage and upbringing is a lot more to think about.

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Anderson shares their advice for teachers to act with understanding and compassion’ and fight’ for trans kids.

Age at interview 26