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The GenderGP Podcast

The GenderGP Podcast

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Sofie Lasiuk chats with Dr Helen and Marianne about her transition in Canada and her positive experiences with the Canadian healthcare system, a system in which GPs manage and support the healthcare of their trans patients, with incredible results.



If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in our podcast, and would like to get in touch, please contact us via the Help Centre. You can also contact us on social media where you will find us at @GenderGP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



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Trans healthcare in Canada: https://www.gendergp.com/trans-healthcare-in-canada/

 

The GenderGP Podcast

GP-led trans healthcare in Canada

 

Hello, this is Dr Helen Webberley. Welcome to our GenderGP Podcast, where we will be discussing some of the issues affecting the trans and non-binary community in the world today, together with my co-host Marianne Oakes, a trans woman herself, and our head of therapy.

 





Dr Helen Webberley:



Hi everybody. I’m here with Marianne as usual, and we have a very exciting guest with us today who’s from quite a long way away. I’m with Sophie Lasiuk, and she’s in Toronto. I’m not going to tell you anything more about her. I’m just going to pass you over as I like to do. Sophie, introduce yourself, tell us why you’re here and give the listeners and a little taste of what we’re going to talk about.







Sophie Lasiuk:



Of course. Well, first of all, I’d like to thank you for inviting me to your podcast today. So, I’m a fifty-two-year-old woman, as you said. We live in Toronto, Ontario. And I’ve been following your posts at doctor for several years now and reading up on some of the problems that people tend to have when transitioning in the UK. And it occurred to me as I went through my own transition over the last three or four years that the systems in place in our two countries are markedly different, and I wondered why that was, and I can’t figure that out. The system in place in Canada has been so welcoming and so user-friendly, for lack of a better word. And I just wanted to reach out to you and express how the differences have been helpful to me, and perhaps start a conversation on your side of the Atlantic about how things can be improved over there.







Dr Helen Webberley:



Well, I think that would be amazing. And I want to say thank you to you for reaching out to us in the first place and for making that first contact. You sent me some brief messages, which I always love receiving. And then you wrote a blog for our website just explaining how it was for you. So, if anyone hasn’t read that yet, then there's maybe some spoiler alerts in there. And I was astounded. I was like goodness gracious me, this is what we’ve been campaigning for the last kind of five years, and you’re there already. So just outline how—you said that you are in your fifties. How did it go from the first time when you actually wanted to go and ask a doctor about this.







Sophie Lasiuk:



So, my truth is that I have identified as female since my earliest memories. I’m in my fifties now. Still three or four years of age, I had this innate understanding of my gender, and I’ve carried that with me all my life. And society certainly has had some catching up to do and over the last ten years or so,