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Trans Contradiction

In January hundreds of people took to the streets to protest a lack of adequate access to healthcare for trans people in Ireland. While nine new trans healthcare workers are currently being put into place, two of the leading Irish clinicians in the area say they will not be using the treatment model that the government, HSE and TENI recongise as best practice. Stephen McCabe reports on a contraction at the heart of trans healthcare in Ireland.

Access to healthcare for trans people received a wave of coverage following a protest in Dublin last January. The protest hoped to highlight what organisers said is the abject failure of the state to provide adequate access to healthcare.

Trans people looking to access healthcare in the country have always faced a Herculean task. There are only two gender clinics in the state, In Galway and Dublin; they’re both considerably under-resourced, and patients can expect to wait at least a year before accessing endocrine services

In many ways, this is because of an overly medicalised model of treatment where patients must present themselves to their GP to be referred to mental health professionals. They then must obtain a specific psychiatric diagnosis to be referred on to a specialised service which will only accept diagnoses from a limited number of specialists, which it claims is essential to ensuring unfit people don’t transition.

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“I believe that we are never more beautiful than we are now,” says photographer Paul Connell, who shot the cover of our second annual queer elders issue. Inside his photo-feature celebrates ageing in the LGBT+ community, mental health columnist Ray O’Neill talks about embracing older role models, and 73 year-old facilitator with the Gold group for gay and bisexual men tell us about life getting better and better. We meet the CEO and Chair of Ireland’s brand new national LGBT organisation, report on a contradiction at the heart of trans healthcare, get the lowdown on not one, but two queer theatre festivals about to enter stage right, and remember Kylie’s greatest gay anthem. And there’s so much more – just turn the page!