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Purple City

 Leadership Board 


Aaron Kimberly

Executive Director

Aaron has been a mental health clinician since 2008 after 15 yrs as a graphic designer. He lives in Canada, with a banjo on his knee. He medically transitioned in 2006. 

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Aaron Terrell
Director, Operations

Aaron Terrell is an American transman interested in the causes of gender dysphoria as well as the sociopolitical trends that facilitate medical transition. 

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Kellie Pirie

Director, Transition Regret

Kellie (formerly Kenneth) transitioned from female to male in 2004, which she later regretted. She has a background in criminology and long haul trucking. 

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Janet Scott
Director, Education

Janet "Cat Lady" Scott has worked in education for over 20 years. She lives in the US with a small herd of cats. She medically transitioned in 2016-2017. 

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Is this you?

Our team is expanding and diversifying. If you think you'd be a good fit for a leadership role with us, be in touch! We are especially looking to add transwomen to our team.

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 Advisory Board 

Ray Blanchard

Dr Ray Blanchard
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He was a member of the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group for the DSM-5 and has made significant contributions to research of gender dysphoria. 

Dr Amitay

Dr Oren Amitay
Clinical psychologist and university lecturer of 20 different psychology courses approximately 200 times since 2000, including Human Sexuality, Gender, Clinical Psychology, Personality, Research and Statistics.


Dr Lisa Littman 

Dr. Littman is a physician-scientist and currently the President and Director of the Institute for Comprehensive Gender Dysphoria Research. Her research is focussed on GD and desistance/detransition. 


Severus Hama-Owamparo ​

Severus is an African trans man and community psychologist  His work focuses on addressing mental health challenges and human rights violations faced by gender and sexual diverse individuals in Africa.


Pam Buffone 


Pam is a software executive in the field of data analytics and a part of the leadership team at Genspect, an international 

organization representing parents 

of gender questioning youth. 

Levi Pay

Levi Pay
Levi is a policy, strategy and higher education specialist with experience in a range of UK organisations, including several universities, the Scottish Parliament, Stonewall and the Equality Challenge Unit.


Sinead Watson


Sinéad is a detransitioned woman from Scotland who underwent medical transition between 2015-2019. She is an advocate for balanced care of gender questioning youth. 

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Christina Buttons


Christina is an independent journalist who writes about gender, pseudoscience, mental health, autism & critical thinking. She advocates for early autism screening & transition care that prioritizes thorough, individualized assessments.

Purple Crowd

The greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic.

bell hooks

Gender Dysphoria Alliance (GDA) was formed in 2021 as a small group of community members who are concerned about the direction that gender medicine and activism has taken.  We've created this platform to give others who share our concerns a place to learn, network, teach, and tell their own stories. Our network is quickly growing and partnering with other similar groups and individuals around the world. 

Though our members come from diverse cultural backgrounds, hold various political and spiritual beliefs, and different professional designations, GDA is not formally affiliated with any political party, religious organization or professional association. 


Our members don't agree about everything but we are committed to thoughtful and respectful dialogue, working through complex ideas and forging a new path forward for those with GD, alongside others in our communities. 

GDA does not provide medical, mental health or legal services.


We strive to be free of conflicts of interest. 

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