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.


BAGIS Council has been in liaison with services across the UK to issue a supportive statement outlining what is happening during the current COVID - 19 pandemic. 

The council is continuing to develop and support the following work streams:

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

  • a BAGIS-based Journal

  • the inclusion of gender diversity in healthcare training curricula

  • the monitoring of resolution to inequalities in access to fertility preservation treatment

  • an inclusive, affirmative dialogue with all our partners

  • BAGIS membership processes update and review

  • delivering a 2020 Symposium - further details to follow in response to the COVID-19 crisis