Woman who formerly identified as transgender joins lawsuit against U.K.'s government health service

by Daniel Payne · Jan 24th, 2020 1:50 pm

Last Updated Jan 24th, 2020 at 5:59 pm

A woman who previously identified as a transgender man has joined a landmark lawsuit against a gender identity clinic run by Britain's National Health Service.

The woman, Keira Bell, previously identified as a man and was consequently given hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones as a teenager.The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust's Gender Identity Development Service, against which the lawsuit has been brought, is Britain's premier gender clinic and regularly treats young children with chemicals to help facilitate their transgender identities.

In joining the lawsuit, Bell argued against giving children "powerful and experimental hormone drugs" like those she was prescribed.

The clinic has seen significant resignations in the past three years, with nearly three dozen physicians stepping down from their positions. One doctor recently went public with his concerns about the clinic, claiming that physicians "do not fully understand what is going on" regarding the phenomenon of transgender children.


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