Seeking a letter? Vet the provider first!
Just because someone has signed The GALAP pledge or uses our name and logo on their website unfortunately doesn’t guarantee that they are honoring our pledge’s totally FREE letter writing (and session) commitment.
Vocabulary.com says, "Vet means "to carefully examine beforehand."
When reaching out to request a letter, we encourage you to ask the provider:
Is this entire letter writing process (including the time it takes to meet) completely free, as in keeping with The GALAP pledge?
Have you written surgery letters on behalf of trans and nonbinary folks before that have been accepted by surgeons and/or insurance companies?
How many sessions do you anticipate the letter process will take?
Are there any reasons you would not write a letter?
Have you received training about writing letters? Providing knowledgeable care to trans and nonbinary folks?
While the Administrators of the GALAP can't monitor or endorse providers who sign the pledge, you can find out if they will honor the pledge BEFORE you meet with them. This is informed consent.
The GALAP Administrators