International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

17th May is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – a day that commemorates the World Health Organization’s decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in 1990. Yes, 1990! To many of us today, it is unthinkable that homosexuality was once classified as a mental disorder, let alone as recently as just 35 years ago. And whilst much progress has been made since then, there is still a long way to go to put an end to the discrimination, violence, and challenges still faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

Shocking statistics

If you’re unsure why we need a day to put the rights of the LGBTQ+ community firmly in the spotlight, here are three shocking statistics from a recent EU study:

  • 47% of LGBT people have been physically or sexually attacked or threatened with violence in the past year
  • Only 22% of the most serious violent incidents were reported to the police
  • 1 in 3 young adults hide their LGBTQ+ identity from their family

No one left behind

The theme for this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia activities is “no one left behind”. This means actively campaigning for equality, freedom and justice for all.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established in 1948, tells us that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. However, when we look at the prejudice, aggression, and difficulties faced by the LGBTQ+ community, it is clear that this is not the case.

More must be done to raise awareness of the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, we must unite so that we can all enjoy the same rights and safety.

How you can do your bit to stamp out homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

  • Call it out: Words and deeds matter, so make it clear to friends, family and colleagues that offensive and out-dated terms are not acceptable, and call out discriminatory language and actions whenever and wherever they occur.
  • Report it: Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia can take many forms and may constitute a criminal offence as a hate incident or hate crime under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Criminal Justice Act 2003. If you believe you have been a victim of a hate incident or hate crime, contact the police and report it.
  • Set an example: Educate those around you and encourage an atmosphere of inclusion at every opportunity.

YourGP is proud to stand against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

Today and every day, the team at YourGP are proud to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community. This year, we are delighted to launch the Waterside Clinic, a safe and welcoming private gender identity clinic that specialises in transgender and non-binary care.

Situated in Edinburgh’s peaceful Dean Village, our clinic provides a friendly, non-judgemental and supportive atmosphere that gives patients the space and time to understand what they are going through. From initial diagnosis, to hormone therapy – our help and support is always fully confidential.

Our gender team have supported and guided many people through their gender journey, and we pride ourselves on the individualised approach which puts the patient at the heart of every appointment.

Our extensive gender services include:

  • Initial assessment and diagnosis of gender dysphoria
  • Second opinion provided by psychiatrist or psychologist
  • Ongoing monitoring and treatment as required
  • Advice on the physical, psychological and social elements of gender transition
  • Support and counselling
  • Advice on hormones
  • Hormone treatment provided in clinic, or hormone prescriptions issued, where appropriate
  • Assessment of eligibility and readiness for surgery, including surgical referral where appropriate
  • Provision of Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) reports
  • Letters supporting change of details on legal documents (passport)

Find out more

To find out more, get in touch with us on 0131 202 5314, or email us on hello@waterside.clinic.