The trans-friendly doctors list is currently distributed by email upon request, due to privacy concerns. To request a copy, please contact administrators (** note, see comments below), and let them know if you're in (or near) Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, or Northern, Central or Southern Alberta.
If you are a medical professional who is willing to treat trans patients, we need to know! We're looking for family doctors, therapists, specialists of every type... not necessarily someone to prescribe hormones (although that helps, since it's part of many peoples' processes), but overall human health care. Trans people face additional hardship finding professionals willing to treat them, even for things like broken arms or UTIs... and it's extra challenging finding physicians who specialize in reproductive health. Willingness to treat is a major barrier to care.
What does it take to be on the trans-friendly doctors list?
- Be willing to accept trans patients;
- Respect how they identify and present themselves, even if they still have anatomy particular to their birth-assigned sex;
- Follow the WPATH Standards of Care. WPATH is the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the recognized authority on trans health, and their standards of care are free to access online.
- Ideally, it's also a good idea to educate staff about trans people, or at least let them know that they're expected to be professional, and not invalidate patients simply because they're trans.
If you'd like to know if you're on the list or would like to be added to the list, please and let us know!
If you're looking for additional information, such as typical hormone therapy regimens, here are some resources:
For information on vaginaplasty, phalloplasty or metoidioplasty, Dr. Brassard's clinic in Montreal is currently the only clinic performing GRS in Canada, although people sometimes travel out-of-country for the procedures. Alberta Health referrals for GRS are usually sent to Montreal: GRS Montreal.
Watch this space for more resources!