Kat

Gender: Female

Pronouns: She / her

Kat is a trans girl. She is at secondary school. And had been out as trans for almost 2 years. Kat’s journey started in her early teens after searching for information on being trans she concluded That sounds kind of like me She came out as non-binary to her friends and after a few weeks to her parents, but after a month I came out as trans feminine and it felt a lot betterand it kind of clicked with m.

Her parents and friends were pretty acceptin when she came out it was a lot better than most people’s After her body dysphoria became worse she went to see her GP for a referral to GIDS which was sent after a lot of questioning and forms which I don’t think a lot of it was necessar. After a month she received an acknowledgement of her referral by GIDS but they said it’s going to take us millennia to get to you.; She felt she couldn’t wait the predicted 2 years waiting time for NHS services so decided with the support of her parents to go private. Her GP surgery said they would not do shared care but did say that a nurse there could do her injections for hormone blockers once they were prescribed by a private practitioner.

The process of getting hormone blockers privately took about 7-8 months and she only started them after . She currently has hormone blocker injections (Decapeptyl) every three months and twice daily oestrogen gel sachets (Sandrena).

When asked about her opinion on trans healthcare she says it’s really badt least in the UK. it’s just the current offerings are abysmal and frankly just they don’t meet any kind of quality standards that should be reachedit’s ridiculous She feels that the UK should adopt a more informed consent model. Kat goes to a single sex school. The school do not have any policies in place for trans students. Her name has been changed on the school register. She uses the staff toilets to change for PE. She plans to change her name via deed poll as soon as she is legally able. Kat thinks the level of hatred towards trans people is insane. She advises other young trans people to find online resources and don’t do it alone

Kat says there isn’t one acceptable trans narrative’ and questions the fixation of the general public.

Age at interview 15

Kat explains how they don’t get affected much by the media portrayal of trans people.

Age at interview 15

Kat talks about her positive experience of her GP making a referral to the GIC.

Age at interview 15

Kat talks about the impact the current attitude towards trans people’ has on her mental health.

Age at interview 15

Kat says coming out was easier because she had come out as bi a few year before.

Age at interview 15

Kat talks about the process of making changes in a single sex school as trans girl.

Age at interview 15

Kat talks about her opinions on misinformation about young people and gender dysphoria.

Age at interview 15