Experts on gender dysphoria are accusing the Tavistock clinic, England’s lone gender clinic, of using deceptive tactics to coerce children into taking hormones and puberty blockers that are irreversible.
Affiliated medical staff are going public about the misleading advice given to children suffering from a range of conditions, according to a Saturday report in the U.K. Sunday Times.
Kirsty Entwistle, who until last October was a psychologist at the Gender Identity Development Service in Leeds, accused Tavistock clinicians of misleading young patients, saying they are “making decisions that will have a major impact on children and young people’s bodies and lives … without a robust evidence base.”
In a July 18 open letter published online addressed to Polly Carmichael, who runs the Tavistock clinic, Entwistle said children who had traumatic events in their early years were being set on a course of gender transitioning and medicalization “without having explored or addressed their early adverse experiences.”
The fact that many of the children were victims of abuse and neglect or were poor was “minimized and dismissed” by the clinic, Entwistle asserted. Children and their families were told that puberty-suppressing drugs used to transition youth were “fully reversible,” when in actuality the drugs’ impact on young bodies and brains remains unknown. The health agency’s own research on puberty blockers shows mixed results, the U.K. Times reported. It was also reported that nearly all youth who start taking puberty-blocking drugs go on to take cross-sex hormones by age 16.
The psychologist explained that an “unspoken rule” existed within the clinic — that clinicians were never to inform families that their children were not transgender. If staff dared to explore reasons for why earlier life experiences may have contributed to their children’s desire to transition they risked being called “transphobic.”
The Gender Identity Development Service responded to that accusation by stating that fewer than half of its patients were given puberty blockers: “We do not hold a view on what the outcome will be for a child when they come in to the service. There is no pressure to provide medical intervention from the service, though there can often be from the young person or family.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter