UK Health Service Deems Girls ‘Transgender’ for Not Liking ‘Pink Ribbons'
'There’s a focus on very, very superficial surface phenomena and lack of probing'
The UK’s healthcare system is diagnosing girls who don't like “pink ribbons and dollies” as transgender, according to a whistleblower.
The former governor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Dr. David Bell, warned that children are too easily being treated as transgender.
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust houses the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), the only under 18's gender identity clinic in England.
“There’s a focus on very, very superficial surface phenomena and lack of probing,” Dr. Bell said during a conference on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria held by umbrella group Genspect on Sunday.
“Many young people, who are unwilling or unable… to conform to gender stereotypes… are misunderstood as being transgender.”
Dr. Bell said the clinic’s medical interventions don't support “fluidity" and instead are based on an understanding of gender with a “caricaturistic” quality.
“That is, if you don’t like pink ribbons and dollies, you’re not really a girl,” Dr. Bell told the conference.
Dr. Bell argued the lack of analysis means there is “virtually no psychological scrutiny at all” for children put on track towards surgery as soon as they turn 18.
Dr. Bell told the conference:
“98 percent of pubertal children progress from so-called puberty blockers and on to sex hormones, and thus starting them on puberty blockers is putting them on the road to opposite-sex hormones and to surgery”.
He also expressed concern at what he said was the “recruitment of staff with very low levels of clinical knowledge and skill, particularly in regards to complex disorders in childhood and adolescence,” as well as the influence of “powerful politicized lobbies."
“The staff had a great fear of being called transphobic… There was the staff who were taken off cases because they were worried that the child was gay, and they were told that they were just causing difficulties and were taken off the case,” Dr. Bell stated.
He also talked about some parents of children with gender dysphoria and are “intransigent if any doubts are raised,” while others are “threatened or marginalized” should they themselves express any doubt.
“Gender services tend towards a very damaging, peculiar, superficial simplification,” Dr. Bell concluded.
“Alignment with affirmative lobbies, that is lobbies that seek to affirm the wish to change gender, tending to see it only as a positive choice to be encouraged, acts as an ideological support for this simplification,” Dr. Bell said.
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the GIDS have faced scrutiny in the past.
Keira Bell sued the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, claiming the service had rushed her into transitioning.
The high court ruled that children under the age of 16 could not be given puberty blockers with our prior authorization from the court, but the ruling was overturned this year.