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It feels like conversion therapy for gay children, say clinicians – The Times


Ex-NHS staff fear that homophobia is driving a surge in ‘transgender’ young people

Polly Carmichael is director of the NHS Gender Identity Development Service in north London. The service has been accused of failing to warn young people about the long-term impact of treatment

Inside the clinic rooms of the Tavistock, the private heartache of a new generation of “transgender” youngsters is being laid bare. There used to be about 50 referrals a year, mainly males with a history of gender issues.

Now there are thousands of young females reporting a sudden gender crisis for the first time. Many are convinced that transition — and the powerful drugs that make it happen — will be the solution to their problems.

Until now the specialists struggling to keep up with caseloads have stayed silent, but alarm over the number of adolescents being prescribed body-altering drugs, has prompted five former clinicians to speak out for the first time.

All five have resigned from the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in the…

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