Welsh Assembly vote to look into opening new gender identity clinic
The Welsh Assembly has voted to explore the possibility of opening the first gender identity clinic in Wales.
Wales is currently the only one of the four countries in the United Kingdom that does not have a GIC, meaning trans people have to travel to England for treatment.
Assembly members have voted for an independent study into the feasibility of opening a Welsh clinic.
It follows a debate in November on trans issues, secured by the Liberal Democrats and the first time the subject was discussed by the Welsh Assembly.
According to a 2012 study for the country’s NHS, it is estimated there are over 31,300 trans people in Wales, yet there are significant problems relating to adequate healthcare and housing provision.
The Assembly has also voted for gender awareness training for teachers.
Peter Black, Shadow Equalities Minister for the Liberal Democrats, who proposed the amendment, said: “This is an important first step in finally ensuring that Welsh trans people don’t have to travel to the other side of the UK to receive treatment.
“We want Wales to lead the way in creating a fairer society where no-one, no matter who they are and what their gender, faces discrimination in their lives. It won’t happen overnight, but I’m proud we are walking along the right path to equality.”