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The GenderGP Podcast
13 year old Arthur, and his mum, Anna, join Dr Helen and Marianne for this first episode in our Young Voices podcast special. The pair share the two sides of this transition story, from Arthur coming out at age seven, through the day-to-day trials and tribulations of any normal teenager, to his aspirations of one day becoming an Olympian. Together, Arthur and his mum demonstrate that his being trans is the least interesting part about him.
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The GenderGP Podcast
Young Voices. Raising a trans teen
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:
This is the first of our series on young people and bringing to life some of our younger trans members of the trans community who’ve been gracious and generous enough to give us their time to tell you what it means to them to be trans and how it's affected their life in good ways or maybe some bad ways, maybe how it’s affected their families. So really, really, really excited to welcome Arthur and his mum today. So, Arthur, thank you so much for joining us. I'm going to throw you right into the deep and say tell us all about you and your mum. Hi, mum.
Well, I do karate. (unclear 1:11).
How old were you when you remembered being trans? And you said, I’ve always been. And that's about right. It was so long ago, cause how old were you when you identified? It was about seven.
Six or seven years old when Arthur drew a picture and tried, and he didn't have the word like. Obviously, he didn't have the words. And I didn’t know the terminology either or anything. And he drew pictures. So he was about seven. So we've been in services since then. Since we came with yourselves, the stress of this beast, it's been gone, hasn't it? So you've forgotten about being trans, you’re just Arthur, aren’t you?
Yeah. That makes sense.
Can I just—what was your journey to finding GenderGP, if that’s not too big a question. It sounds like it was with the NHS before, would that be correct?
I got my hormone blocker through the NHS.
It was a bit of a battle to get it, though.
I wanted testosterone. I needed it, I believe. But I couldn't, because of how old do you have to be for the NHS? Older.