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:
To establish a professional association to encourage the highest standards of practice, education, and research in the field of gender dysphoria and transgender health.
To promote cooperation between health professionals, academics and allied professionals working in the field of gender dysphoria and transgender health throughout the British Isles.
To promote excellence in transgender healthcare by disseminating scientific knowledge and evidence-based clinical practice through a peer network.
To engage with transgender and gender non-conforming people in the promotion of excellence in transgender healthcare.
President Update: Matthew Mills
This has been and continues to be a challenging time. Across NHS and Independent practice throughout the British Isles, services have had to rapidly adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. We thank you for your patience at this time.
For safety reasons and in line with national safety guidelines across nations, BAGIS Council has decided to deliver a virtual e-symposium rather than a in-person real life event. We understand that this option limits the important aspects of professional networking and dynamic social interaction. However, we feel that it is important to offer an e-conference which gives opportunity for learning about state of the art clinical practice and research in this field at national and international level.
Whilst it may seem that we have been quiet, I am pleased to update members that at his time of crisis, BAGIS Council has been working to complete draft Clinical Principles that will move to member consultation in the autumn; to support national dialogue and discussion of clinical and service responses to COVID-19; to strengthen active participation and representation of all regions of the association; to continue data collection to support fair processes in fertility preservation for trans and non-binary people; and developing a BAGIS journal and e-newsletter.