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.

BAGIS Statement regarding the Judicial Review 1st December 2020

The British Association of Gender Identity Specialists council wishes to express disappointment in the legal judgment which denies the competence and capacity of young transgender people under 18 years of age to consent to hormonal intervention as part of their gender development. It makes a distinction between the self-understanding, bodily autonomy and rights of young trans people and the self-understanding, bodily autonomy and rights of young people who are not transgender. The verdict seems to invalidate the lived experience of trans people and privileges a cisgender outcome over a transgender outcome. The BAGIS is opposed to such discrimination, whenever and wherever it arises. 

The health and wellbeing of trans people is of the highest priority to the BAGIS. We are deeply concerned about the effect the judgement may have on trans people and their lives. The Council has already been made aware of the considerable psychological distress expressed by members of trans youth communities which has arisen as a direct result of the judgement. We implore the government through NHS England and NHS Wales to commit to making support available to children and young people to manage their distress about the outcome of this ruling. 

We await further information regarding appeal of the Judicial Review, and the impact the recent verdict will have on clinical practice and young trans people. In the meantime, the BAGIS council continues to hold clinicians working in the field of trans healthcare across the British Isles in the highest regard and has every confidence in the competence of those specialists working with trans youth. In particular, we wish to express our solidarity and support for those specialists working with trans youth in England and Wales at an extremely challenging time. 

President Update: Matthew Mills

2020 has been an exceedingly challenging and confronting year. Services across the NHS and independent practice throughout the British Isles have had to respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome the roll out of vaccinations for COVID-19 and return to more face-to-face interactions alongside remote consultations within our services for trans and gender diverse people.

In line with continuing safety and risk management guidelines, the BAGIS Council will deliver an e-symposium:  our 6th Scientific Symposium Gender Services Across Nations will be held on 18thand 19th March 2021virtually.

During 2020, the BAGIS Council has continued to engage with and develop important work streams:

  • a national dialogue and discussion of clinical and service responses to COVID-19;
  • a position statement on the Judicial Review 1st December 2020 and ongoing reflection and response;
  • a set of draft Clinical Principles to progress to member consultation in 2021;
  • co-option of new members to Council from all parts of the British Isles;
  • continued data collection to support fair processes in fertility preservation for trans and non-binary people;
  • delivery of the BAGIS webinar event and AGM on 1st October 2020;
  • planning and delivery of the BAGIS Scientific Symposium 18th-19th March 2021;
  • a membership processes review;
  • the BAGIS website redesign.