An LGBTQ group have called on the RCGP to cancel a conference to be held at its headquarters due to concerns about its ‘gender critical’ topics.
Next month the Clinical Advisory Network on Sex and Gender (CAN-SG) will be hosting a conference, First Do No Harm, from the RCGP’s conference centre in Euston Square, which is run by an independent events company.
Speakers at the conference, including GPs, psychiatrists and professors of sociology, will discuss ‘safeguarding’ around sex and gender, ‘sex-based language in healthcare’, and the ‘impacts of gender medicine on same-sex attracted youth’.
However, Pride RCGP group, an informal network set up to deliver educational programmes and Pride events, criticised the RCGP’s ‘accidental endorsement’ of the event, stating that the group includes ‘people who invalidate or dehumanise lived experiences of trans/non-binary peers/patients’ and has made the community feel unsafe.
The RCGP told Pulse that the event in question is not an RCGP event and that the RCGP is not involved in it.
CAN-SG, a ‘coalition’ of clinicians who are campaigning for ‘improved treatment options for gender dysphoria’, believe that prescribing hormone blockers for gender dysphoria should be ‘scientifically scrutinised’ as there is ‘currently no robust evidence that they improve long-term outcomes’.
Their website also shares views that the proposed bill banning conversion therapy ‘could harm people with gender-related distress’.
On Friday last week, the RCGP said it was ‘aware of a situation’ relating to the conference booking and is ‘in discussion’ with the events company who manage the venue.
Members of Pride RCGP are calling on the college to cancel the conference and shared the college’s online feedback form for others to do the same.
In a post on X, Dr Richard Ma, a GP and member of Pride RCGP, said: ‘This meeting might give an air of credibility and face validity, but it is the accidental endorsement by the RCGP, which will do the most damage. LGBTQ+ patients already feel unsafe and have difficult relationships with NHS when accessing care due to perceived discrimination.
‘This event would worsen the already little trust the LGBTQ community has with general practice. It is also hurtful to know this would undo years of work Pride RCGP have done to build relationships between LGBTQ community and general practice and improve their care.’
‘While we believe we need honest and respectful discussions to improve care of gender-questioning young people, we should not have to share a platform with people who invalidate or dehumanise lived experiences of trans/non-binary peers/patients. Our community does not feel safe,’ Dr Ma added.
The college said that the event is being held at 30 Euston Square, which is the headquarters of the RCGP but also an event space run by an independent events company.
The RCGP said in a post on X: ‘We’re aware of a situation regarding an upcoming event at 30ES and are in discussion with the events company who manage the venue. We’ll provide an update as soon as we can.’
Pulse has approached CAN-SG for comment.