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'My trans partner'

Jules works as a vocational trainer. Her partner of 25 years, Dawn, lives as a man most of the time, but has a strong feminine side. Here, Jules describes how she met Dawn and how she feels about telling people that Dawn is trans. "I got to know Dawn…

'My trans daughter'

Sharon has a teenage daughter who is transgender. She describes how Nicki was born in a male body, but felt from a very young age that she should have been a girl. "When my child Nick was about two, I realised that he wasn't playing…

Fat: the facts

Too much fat in your diet, especially saturated fats, can raise your cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease.  Current UK government guidelines advise cutting down on all fats and replacing saturated fat with some unsaturated fat.  This page covers: Why we need some…

Dawn's transgender story

Most of the time Dawn lives as a man using a male name. However, she considers herself to be transgender. Dawn, who works as an occupational health nurse on an oil platform, describes growing up as a boy who liked to dress in girls' clothes. She hid…

Lower your cholesterol

Eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise can help lower the level of cholesterol in your blood. Adopting healthy habits, such as eating a healthy, balanced diet and keeping active, can also help prevent your cholesterol levels becoming high in the first place. It's…

Mental health issues if you're gay, lesbian or bisexual

Poor levels of mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have often been linked to experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination and bullying. Other factors - such as age, religion, where you live or ethnicity - can add extra complications to an already difficult…

How to find an NHS gender identity clinic

Trans and non-binary people's general health needs are the same as anyone else's. But trans people may have specific health needs in relation to gender dysphoria or gender reassignment, or confirmation. Your particular needs may be best addressed by transgender health services offered by NHS gender identity clinics…

Gay health: access to healthcare

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person you are entitled to exactly the same standards of care as heterosexual people in the NHS. Your rights are now clearly stated in the NHS Constitution, which all NHS organisations have to comply with. It's a good idea…

LGBT paths to parenthood

The number of LGBT people becoming parents, or thinking about becoming parents, is increasing. If you're thinking about having children, here's an overview of the various routes to parenthood available to you. This page covers: donor insemination co-parenting adoption surrogacy trans and non-binary parents Donor…

My homophobic bullying story

Comedy writer and performer, Doug Faulkner, faced homophobic bullying throughout secondary school. Because of his experience, he's passionate about tackling homophobic bullying in schools. He describes what happened to him. How did the bullying start? "I've always been an extrovert, and I was quite effeminate when I…