Is It Surprising That Referrals Of Children To The Tavistock Clinic Continue To Soar?

Referral figures for the Tavistock clinic Gender Identity Development Service, just announced, have risen from 1,419 last year to a total of 2,016 this year, an increase of 42%. The number of children who feel they are ‘trapped in the wrong body’ and need to transition to the opposite sex continues to soar year on […]

UK Doctor Prescribes Cross-Sex Hormones to Twelve-Year-Old

The news this week that a doctor running a private gender clinic in Wales is prescribing cross-sex hormones to children as young as twelve unfortunately comes as no surprise; if we are intent on diagnosing pre-pubertal children as transgender it is an inevitable development in their treatment. The child in question has been on puberty […]

NHS Public Consultation on Gender Identity Development Service

We were recently informed of the NHS public consultation on Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) for children and adolescents. The consultation ends on April 20th. There are two new documents open to public consultation: a Policy Proposition which concludes that cross-sex hormones should not be prescribed to children under the age of sixteen, and a […]

UK: Treatment Dilemmas in Puberty Suppression Seminar

We attended a seminar at Cambridge University entitled ‘Gender Non-Conforming Children: Treatment Dilemmas In Puberty Suppression’ presented┬áby Bernadette Wren, Head of Psychology, Gender Identity Development Service, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This post attempts to sum up her presentation, with our comments added under each section. There is much more to say, so we […]

UK News: 930% Rise In Child Gender Identity Referrals

Over the past six years there has been a 930% increase in the number of children referred to NHS gender clinics across the UK, including one three-year-old and three four-year-olds since April last year. The BBC report shows that the total number of 94 children referred in 2009-10 has increased to 969 in 2015-16. The […]