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What do we mean by gatekeeping?
We are against gatekeeping, but not against checks whether transgender people understand what they are doing (Informed Consent). By gatekeeping we mean: assessing whether a transgender person is allowed to have hormones or operations by other people than the care provider. For instance if a psychologist decides on treatments, or if a multi-disciplinary team does. You can read here how such an Informed Consent model for transgender people might work.
About this site
Welcome at the website StopGatekeeping.nl. On this website you can find information that encourages the self-determination of transgender people. We ask transgender persons and care providers to first read the disclaimer. Transgender people who don’t recognize themselves in our ideas about self-determination, would better avoid reading some of the advice on this site, to enable the psychologist to optimally do their assessing work. The pages this refers to have been marked with a big red bar with a warning at the top of the page. Because German investigation (*) has shown that 93% of TG-people like to have a strong influence on their own treatment we expect that only few people would want to avoid those pages.
Comorbidity (having mental disorders alongside being transgender) is often mentioned as an argument against self-determination. On this page we list some forms of comorbidity that often occur and about which it is not so certain that they should lead to a different treatment for transgender people. To us as a group the dividing line between giving a treatment or withholding it is very simple: if the transgender person knows what he or she is doing, they can sign an informed consent and after that the treatment can take