Scotland’s first ever large-scale Pride event took place in Edinburgh in 1995. Fast-forward almost 30 years, and Pride Edinburgh is now a highlight in the calendar for the LGBTQ+ community and allies alike. It is a day to celebrate diversity and a day to reflect on just how far the LGBTQ+ community has come in terms of fighting for equality. However, despite the parties and parades, it is important to recognise the fact that the fight continues. Far too many members of the LGBTQ+ community still face discrimination.

Inequality, discrimination and prejudice

According to two recent surveys, LGBT in Britain: Health (2018) and TransActual Trans Lives Survey (2021), members of the LGBTQ+ community are still facing inequality, discrimination and prejudice in their everyday lives. What particularly strikes the medical professionals at Waterside Clinic is their experience of accessing healthcare. For example:

• 13% of LGBTQ+ people have experienced some form of unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they’re LGBTQ+.
• 14% of LGBTQ+ people have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination because they are LGBTQ+.
• 70% of trans people report being impacted by transphobia when accessing general health services.
• 45% of trans people said that their GP did not have a good understanding of their needs as a trans person.

This is unacceptable. And this is exactly why Pride matters. It is also why Waterside Clinic was established.

What makes Waterside Clinic different

Waterside Clinic specialises in supportive transgender and non-binary care.

We believe in ethical and fair treatment: Our patients’ wellbeing is always our first priority.
We treat each patient as an individual: Our GPs, mental health specialists and nurses take the time to understand our patients’ needs and goals, and we are proud to have supported many people through their gender journey.
We have extremely high standards: We offer the best quality of care throughout our patients’ entire journey.

What we offer

From initial diagnosis, to hormone therapy – we offer a relaxed, fully confidential, environment at our tranquil location in Edinburgh. Our clinic provides a friendly, non-judgemental and supportive atmosphere that enables transgender and non-binary patients to have the space and time they need to understand what they are going through. Our services include:

• Initial assessment and diagnosis
• Second opinion by psychiatrist or psychologist
• Ongoing monitoring and treatment
• Gender transition advice
• Support and counselling

Get in touch – we’re here to help you

If you would like to find out more about our services, get in touch with our friendly team on 0131 202 5314, or email us on hello@waterside.clinic. We’re here to support you, not just during Pride, but all year round.