Jan 11, 2022

Gender Dysphoria Alliance (GDA)

Gender Dysphoria Alliance (GDA)
Gender Dysphoria Alliance (GDA)

Our Mission:

Educate about Gender Dysphoria (GD)

  • We believe:
    • There are different types of GD (e.g. HSTS, AGP, ROGD, DSD-related)
    • People with GD deserve care and dignity
    • When we understand GD, we have agency in our own lives and decision-making
    • Support should be tailored to the individual. Different types of GD have different needs
    • If certain types of GD are considered unmentionable, we reinforce shame
    • GD is a condition, not a culture. We are free to have our own cultures and values. 
Advocate for safe, evidence-based care
  • We believe:
    • Safe-keeping is not “gatekeeping”
    • Clinical practices should be based on peer-reviewed evidence, not activism or ideology
    • Thorough assessment, mental health care and education are essential
    • Debate, enquiry and scientific methods are pillars of competent clinical practices

Support those who detransition or desist
  • We believe: 
    • Detransition is a valid choice that deserves respect and care
    • Many people with GD do not find relief from medical interventions
    • Many people with GD choose non-medical solutions to their distress
    • Sometimes other experiences are mistaken for GD

Support women’s and LGB sex-based rights
  • We endorse:
    • The realities of biological sex
    • Women’s sex-based rights
    • LGB sex-based rights
    • We wish to build bridges and mend relationships with other communities
    • We DO NOT wish to violate the rights of others
    • We have both rights, and responsibilities to society

Aaron Kimberly
Founder & Director
Aaron has been a mental health clinician since 2008 after 15 yrs as a graphic designer. He lives in Canada, with a banjo on his knee. He medically transitioned in 2006. 

Aaron Terrell
Writer & Researcher
Aaron Terrell is an American transman interested in the causes of gender dysphoria as well as the sociopolitical trends that facilitate medical transition. 

Sinead Watson
Detransition Educator
Sinéad is a detransitioned woman from Scotland who underwent medical transition between 2015-2019. She is an advocate for balanced care of gender questioning youth. 

Janet Scott
Janet S has worked in education for over 20 years. She lives in the US with a small herd of cats (hence her social media handle "Catlady"). She medically transitioned in 2016-2017. 

Kenneth Pirie
Campaigns Lead
Kenneth is a long-haul trucker. Prior to this he worked in harm-reduction addiction and mental health services. He lives in Canada with the amazing Miniature American Shepherd  Abigail. He began medical transition in 2005

Mars Fernandez
Media Manager
Mars produces the popular podcast The Mars Show (Formerly Trans Bruh). He's never been shy about diving into challenging trans-related topics with a calm and rational style. 


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