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Gender Affirmation Project

The mission of the Gender Affirmation Project (GAP) is to improve equity of healthcare access and outcomes for transgender and gender diverse individuals by attending to emerging issues, ethical and clinical, in gender-affirming care. In partnership with community members on engagement in clinical care, research, education, and advocacy, GAP strives to unite theoretical and applied perspectives on ethics to provide high-quality healthcare to transgender and gender diverse people across the lifespan.

GAP draws on expertise from the disciplines of bioethics, psychiatry, psychology, public health, social work, plastic surgery, endocrinology, reproductive medicine, pediatrics, and law. Our group is composed of members of the Division of Medical Ethics, the Departments of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery.

Our mission is to promote access to safe and effective patient- and family-centered care and support. To contact this working group, please email Laura Kimberly at

Gender Affirmation Project Member Publications

Sampson A ... Quinn GP. Uterus transplantation in women who are genetically XY. J Med Ethics. 2019. DOI.

Sampson A ... Quinn GP. Reimagining uterus transplantation. J Med Ethics Blog. March 5, 2019.

Harris RM … Nahata L. Decision Making and the Long-Term Impact of Puberty Blockade in Transgender Children. AJOB. 2019. DOI.

Nahata L … Gomez-Lobo V. Understudied and under-reported: Fertility issues in transgender youth—A narrative review. J Pediatr. 2019. DOI.

Folkers KM. Demonstrating the need for updated gender affirmation medical care policies for insurers. New York State Bar Association Health Law Journal. 2018;23(1):49–54.

Folkers KM, Kimberly L, and Parent B. Redefining gender would have serious physical and mental health consequences. Health Affairs Blog. November 27, 2018.

Kimberly LL … Salas-Humara C. Ethical issues in gender-affirming care for youth. Pediatrics. 2018. DOI.

Quinn GP, Sampson A, and Campo-Englestein L. Familial discordance regarding fertility preservation for a transgender teen: An ethical case study. J Clin Ethics. 2018;29(4): 261–265.

Selected Gender Affirmation Project Media

Kreimer S. The ethics of navigating teen gender transitions. LeapsMag. October 23, 2018.

Goldberg D. Transgender programs flourish following New York Medicaid coverage. Politico. December 12, 2017.