GIRES’ overall aim is to improve substantially the environment in which gender diverse people live.

GIRES upholds the right of all those who do not fit the typical boy/girl, man/woman tick boxes, including people who intend to change gender role completely and others whose gender identity is non-binary, to live proudly in a society that celebrates diversity.

GIRES contributes to de-psychopathologising gender diversity and has:-

  1. ensured that the UK’s Good Practice Guidelines for the assessment and treatment of adults with gender dysphoria adopt the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) description of this condition as “not negative or pathological” and
  2. supported the World Health Organisation’s move to take account of current scientific research and transfer the condition out of the mental and behavioural disorders section of the International Classification of Diseases.

The charity combines the expertise of a largely voluntary team of trans and non trans people, many of whom have direct experience of the issues with which it is involved. They undertake the wide range of work described below and ensure that the charity is robustly governed. GIRES is supported by 366 individual and 76 Corporate Members, making annual subscriptions, one-off donations and payments for services.

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What is Gender Dysphoria?

There can be a mismatch of brain and body due to development before birth, making for a permanent signal that parts of the body should be different, that hormone levels should be different, and that people should be seen and addressed differently. This mismatch can be along a spectrum.

Since this development is permanent and a mismatch only affects those who have it, it can not spread randomly. But those who have this condition need the accepted treatment, which is
transition as far as each person needs. It can be one of the most straining conditions present because people get a signal that things are wrong on a number of levels. A very high rate of self
harm before treatment reflects this. After treatment people are able to function like other members of society.


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