What’s Current: Young woman takes legal action against NHS gender clinic following teenage transition

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  • A 23-year-old woman is taking legal action against an NHS gender clinic, saying she should have been challenged more by medical staff over her desire to transition as a teenager, and take puberty blockers. BBC News reports:

“She was referred to the Tavistock GIDS clinic at the age of 16. She said after three one-hour-long appointments she was prescribed puberty blockers, which delay the development of signs of puberty, like periods or facial hair.

She felt there wasn’t enough investigation or therapy before she reached that stage.”

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Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.