Leigh

Leigh thinks health professionals should ask young trans and gender diverse people how they want to be addressed.

Leigh lost contact with her sister and many friends who did not agree with her supporting her trans foster son.

Leigh talked about making sure her foster son has a choice regarding fertility preservation and how access to it was uneven across local authorities in England.

Leigh said the school was supportive but did not understand they had no right to let all the parents know that her son was trans.

It took Leigh some time to get used to her foster son’s new name, but now it is hard for her to think of him in any other way.

Leigh talked about the negative impact of media stories about trans children on her trans foster son.

Leigh wanted to take things slow and felt that having that extra time that the NHS pathway allowed was a positive thing.

Leigh talks about her foster son feeling very self-conscious about his chest and binding being uncomfortable in hot weather.

Leigh felt her foster son’s social transition could have gone quicker’ if it wasn’t for her insisting on slowing things down.

Leigh wants trans kids who are self-harming and suicidal to be prioritised much more.

Leigh said there were many, many conversations’ in the family and with her foster son’s therapist and social worker about what would be involved in taking hormone blockers.

Leigh said they had many conversations with her foster son’s therapist at GIDS and social worker before he was cleared for hormone blockers. She felt the clinical process after that was surprisingly smooth.