GIRES’ overall aim is to improve substantially the environment in which gender non-conforming people live. GIRES upholds the right of all those who do not fit the typical boy/girl, man/woman tick boxes, including people who intend to change gender role completely and others whose gender identity is non-binary, to live proudly in a society that celebrates diversity.
GIRES contributes to de-psychopathologising gender non-conformity and has:-
- ensured that the UK’s Good Practice Guidelines for the assessment and treatment of adults with gender dysphoria adopt the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) description of this condition as “not negative or pathological” and
- supported the World Health Organisation’s move to take account of current scientific research and transfer the condition out of the mental and behavioural disorders section of the International Classification of Diseases.
The charity combines the expertise of a largely voluntary team of trans and non trans people, many of whom have direct experience of the issues with which it is involved. They undertake the wide range of work described below and ensure that the charity is robustly governed. GIRES is supported by 366 individual and 76 Corporate Members, making annual subscriptions, one-off donations and payments for services.