At 16, Keira Bell was prescribed puberty blockers by the National Health Service’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS). She went on to take testosterone, before getting a double mastectomy in pursuit of transition. Bell is now 23, has detransitioned, and is suing the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the UK’s only gender identity development service for children, challenging the idea minors can consent to hormone blockers and other medical routes towards transition.
On Friday, November 27th, I spoke with Keira about her experience as a teenager, why she felt she was “transgender,” and what gender identity clinics should do differently.
The High Court will rule on the case Tuesday morning.
Update — Dec. 1, 2020: The High Court rules children under 16 are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to puberty-blocking drugs.