British Association of Gender Identity Specialists

The British Association of Gender Identity Specialists (BAGIS) was founded in 2014 for the purpose of promoting clinical research and the exchange of knowledge of gender dysphoria and transgender health. It is an association and network of healthcare professionals, from a wide range of disciplines, committed to promoting excellence in clinical practice, clinical research, training and education in the field of healthcare for trans and non-binary people. The Association encourages and fosters the highest standards of practice amongst its members, based upon the best available evidence, and advocates the adoption of similar standards amongst all health professionals in the British Isles.

The purposes of BAGIS are:

  • to establish a professional association to encourage the highest standards of practice, education, and research in the field of transgender health
  • to promote cooperation between health professionals, academics and allied professionals working in the field of transgender health throughout the British Isles
  • to promote excellence in transgender healthcare by disseminating scientific knowledge and evidence-based clinical practice through a peer network
  • to engage with trans and non-binary people in the promotion of excellence in transgender healthcare.

President Update: Matthew Mills

This continues to be a challenging and confronting time. Services across the NHS and independent practice throughout the British Isles, have had to respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you for your patience at this time.

In line with national safety and risk management guidelines across nations, BAGIS Council has voted to deliver a virtual e-symposium instead of an in-person event. We understand this option limits some of the pleasures and aspects of professional networking and social interaction. However, we feel that it is essential to continue to provide an opportunity for learning about state of the art clinical practice and research in this field at national and international level. We are delighted to announce that our 6th Scientific Symposium Gender Services Across Nations will be held on 18thand 19th March 2021 virtually. Details will follow shortly.​

During lockdown and the challenges to and adaptations of our working environments, BAGIS council has continued to tackle a number of important work streams and projects:

  • a membership processes review;
  • a national dialogue and discussion of clinical and service responses to COVID-19;
  • draft overarching Clinical Principles that will move to member consultation in the autumn;
  • co-option of new members to council to strengthen active participation and representation of all regions of the association;
  • continued data collection to support fair processes in fertility preservation for trans and non-binary people;
  • BAGIS website redesign including an association e-newsletter to which all members can contribute;
  • the future development of a BAGIS specific journal;
  • BAGIS webinar event and AGM on 1st October 2020;
  • BAGIS e-symposium 18th-19th March 2021.