But the fact is if you want to live as a man, they don't wanna make it easy.. you have to jump through a few hoops.
There are many pathways to medically transitioning and you might decide you don't want any of them and live as male or as genderqueer or as female/ masculine.. so this isn't THE way to move forward, but just SOME medical ways to transition.. here goes...
Semi-Private (£££): If you are having trouble getting a GP you could go to a private gender specialist GP such as Richard Curtis, or you could go to a private psychiatrist to get referred to the NHS quicker than finding a GP and going on waiting list for physchiatrist. This might save some time and also might mean you get better care. Cost about £200-£400.. this is JUST to get an appointment at the GIC, but is possible to get hormones this way but I wouldn't recommend doing that yet.
PRIVATE (££££££££): You can also go the whole way privately, it will cost you, but is a LOT faster and if you have a steady income, like a skilled trade, it is affordable. for example going abroad for surgery, going to richard curtis, getting hormones.. altogether might only cost between 3-6 thousand. So it might be worth getting a good job, or study for trade before you do this.
NHS (FREE!!!): Your GP HAS to refer you to a psychiatrist if you feel you need one for gender dysphoria, either change the GP or go to a community advocacy group to right a legal letter to her-him, such as 'Mind', Citizens Advice B, or PACE (LGBT advocacy group email: firstname.lastname@example.org), they will help you with any health advocacy you need. In fact I would DEFINATELY advice getting some advocacy support ANYWAY, as the GIC and NHS and docters and everyone all down the track are inclined to delay and fuck around, even on a good day. These community advocacy guys are here to help, there are probably more than I mention here, but I know that PACE and MIND are great at this stuff, they will help.
Then you get an appointment! yippeee... HOPEfully in LESS than a year (for me it took 3 years to get my first appointment boohoo)... if you have advocacy support it will go faster. At the Appoint, they will ask you loads of questions about your family, history, mental health, gender as a child, sexuality, favorite sexual position, orgasms,penetration, girlfriends, boyfriends... EVERYTHING.. and it is NOT confidential, well they won't tell the world, but any medical professional will be able to know it all, even how you have sex (if you tell them).. they will pass it on to your GP and it will be on your permanant record. (I didn't know this and was outraged when I found out).
So remember what ever you tell your GIC it has to align with what your GP knows already, so if you have a mental health history and/or live on the streets, but you tell the GIC your totally healthy and have secure housing/job because you want to PASS as a normal male, it will look really bad... coz they WILL compare notes. But there is nothing wrong with being yourself, but there is also nothing wrong with lying to get what you want. For example, things they don't like.. bisexuality, homosexuality.. they prefer it if your hetrosexual, as in you are attracted to women, cause they still use terms such as primary transsexual and secondary.. bisexuality is a "symptom" of SECONDARY transsexualism..which is absolute BullS**T, sexuality and gender are not the same!!. They prefer you not to talk about anything like genderqueer, or queer anything. They prefer that you don't have a history of mental issues such as personality disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder etc.. because this might mean your "so crazy you want to change gender".. yeah coz thats what happens when your crazy you think.. "I know, what I want to do is to see even MORE docters and take even MORE medicine! yay!" (sarcasm).
If you have a history of serious mental problems, it might be worth seriously saving for private treatment.
Ps. Ok there is many problems with all of these processes, sometimes the pathologization, or "protocol" they use to define you as transgendered, can make you believe things about yourself that are not true, like a certain typical trans life-story that I find repeated everywhere, which I am a bit skeptical of. For example "I ALWAYS knew I was a boy because...[add stereotype here]".. What makes you who you are is unique and possibly very different from other people.. don't let those stereotypes define who you are, no matter what garbage or truth you tell the docters. Also don't let your personality define your new "SEX" or gender or visa versa.. you can be masculine and be female and be happy, or you can be feminine and male and be happy, being transsexual is more about feeling your BODY doesn't fit and so you need to change it, not that you used to like playing with trucks and wearing boys clothes so your a boy.
TIPS. Read loads of books, GOOGLE a LOT, watch loads of films, write a lot in a diary. Look on youtube. Think about the person you want to be and what they might look like, feel like and go from there. connect with yourself and your body.. meditate, join the gym, get counseling, look in the mirror naked more often, moisturize, do what ever you can to learn about yourself before you make such big decisions.