‘Tavistock clinic had flaws but it was a lifeline to my trans daughter’

One of the hottest of hot potatoes, transgender people’s place in society is under constant debate. And when it comes to the medical treatment of children and young people, it’s a nightmare of conflicting possibilities.

BC Newsnight journalist Hannah Barnes has researched the recent controversies surrounding the UK’s Gender Identity Development Service (Gids) — commonly referred to as ‘the Tavistock’, called after its host organisation, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. It treats children and young people diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition that can be loosely described as distress arising from a person’s sense that their innate gender does not match their physical characteristics.


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