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 exchange of knowledge of gender dysphoria and transgender health. It is an association 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 transgender and gender non-conforming people. The Association encourages and fosters the highest standards of practice amongst its members, based upon the best available evidence, and also advocates the adoption of similar standards amongst all health professionals in the British Isles.

The purposes of BAGIS are the following: 

  1. To establish a professional association to encourage the highest standards of practice, education, and research in the field of gender dysphoria and transgender health. 

  2. To promote cooperation between health professionals, academics and allied professionals working in the field of gender dysphoria and transgender health throughout the British Isles.

  3. To promote excellence in transgender healthcare by disseminating scientific knowledge and evidence-based clinical practice through a peer network.

  4. To engage with transgender and gender non-conforming people in the promotion of excellence in transgender healthcare.


This year's symposium took place in Durham on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October. The slides were available to delegates and members for a time limited period afterwards.  




I have pleasure in introducing myself as the new President of BAGIS, successor to James Barrett. I would like to take this opportunity to thank James for his vision and commitment to the association, supported by a diligent council, and for his particular contribution to challenging the inequalities in access to NHS fertility preservation treatment for trans and non-binary patients. BAGIS will continue to speer-head this extremely important work.


I wish to express enormous gratitude to outgoing officers, James Bellringer (treasurer) and Helen Greener (secretary) without whose tireless work, the day to day running of association would not have been possible. Thanks also to the outgoing council members for their contributions to membership process, website development and symposium organisation.


The results of the  2019 council elections are published on the website.


Thank you to all those of you who attended the Symposium in Durham, and to the presenters and workshop facilitators for sharing their multidisciplinary and cutting edge perspectives in the field. We are grateful to Carlo Cavalli and Ady Davis for much of the organising of the conference.


This is also a moment to remind you that the BAGIS membership year begins in November, and you will be able to apply for membership from late December – please keep your eyes open for forthcoming instructions.  We will be accepting applications for renewal initially and then new members in the New Year.  The delay is due to the need to handover to a new council.


It is very exciting to me that we have an extremely capable and diverse council membership going forward. Together, we will be tackling a number of work streams:

  • developing a set of principles for assessment, care and treatment within the UK

  • developing a BAGIS-based Journal with our research leads on council

  • supporting the inclusion of gender diversity in healthcare training curricula

  • monitoring resolution to inequalities in access to fertility preservation treatment

  • ensuring inclusive, affirmative dialogue with all our partners

  • delivering a 6th Symposium in 2020 which speaks to diverse learning styles

  • refining membership processes and updates for members