The Gender Affirmation Project

The Gender Affirmation Project (GAP) proactively identifies ethical issues related to gender-affirming care for transgender and gender diverse individuals, including hormonal and surgical interventions. GAP is composed of members of the Division of Medical Ethics, the departments of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, and OBGYN, with expertise from the disciplines of bioethics, psychiatry, social work, surgery, endocrinology, reproductive medicine, pediatrics, and law. GAP’s 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

Member Publications

  • Sampson A, Kimberly LL, Goldman K, Keefe DL, Quinn GP. Uterus Transplantation in Women who are Genetically XY. Journal of Medical Ethics. Online ahead of print, 2019 Feb 25.
  • Folkers KM, Kimberly L, Parent B. Redefining Gender Would Have Serious Physical and Mental Health Consequences. Health Affairs Blog, November 27, 2018.
  • Nahata L, Chen D. Moravek MB, Quinn GP, Sutter ME, Taylor J, et al. Understudied and Underreported: Fertility Issues in Transgender Youth. J Pediatr. In press.
  • Quinn GP, Campo Engelstein L, Sampson A. Familial Discordance Regarding Fertility Preservation for a Transgender Teen: An Ethical Case Study. J Clin Ethics. In press.
  • Kimberly LL, Folkers KM, Friesen P, Quinn GP, Bateman-House A, Parent B, et al. Ethical Issues in Gender-Affirming Care for Youth. Pediatrics. 2018; online ahead of print.
  • 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.

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