They can also undergo medical treatment (including hormone therapy) and surgery to adjust their physical characteristics to that of their chosen gender. This gender reassignment can be a lengthy process, and involves a lot of consultation with medical professionals.
An individual usually has 1 year of counselling and hormone treatment, and then a further year of the “real-life test”, where they live as a member of the opposite sex.
The length of the whole procedure can be reduced if it is carried out privately, but obviously this could cost a lot of money.
The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing have launched a helpline which will provide information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. The helpline is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 noon to 9.00 p.m., please call: 0300 123 2523. You can also visit their website: www.lgbthealth.org.uk