The Gender-Affirming Surgery Experience Survey and the Qualitative Study of Gender-Affirming Surgery Experiences in BC are the results of a collaboration between the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) at the University of British Columbia, and Trans Care BC, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority. Trans Care BC’s role is to enhance the coordination and availability of trans health services and supports across the province.
The Survey had 337 respondents and was open to anyone residing in Canada who had undergone assessment and/or surgery in the last five years. Due to SARAVYC’s partnership with Trans Care BC (which began its work as a program in October 2015), we focused recruitment efforts on British Columbia for this first report. The survey asked trans people who were at various stages of accessing gender-affirming surgery about their experiences with this process, including their experiences with surgery readiness assessments and with various surgical and other procedures. You can read the results here.
The Qualitative Study is the first to offer some insights into the experiences of people in British Columbia who seek to access gender-affirming surgery. We interviewed 35 people who had at least one surgical readiness assessment and/or one surgery while residing in British Columbia in the last 5 years. We hope that the stories that they shared can help identify gender-affirming and supportive practices, as well as gaps in the recent system of care, so that the information can help our province continue to move towards a patient-centered model of gender-affirming surgical care. You can read the results here.