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Published On: Mon, Sep 9th, 2019

Dr David Bell, Susan Matthews warn against the ‘shut down’ of debate on transgender treatment, transition and messaging

A successful and prominent British psychiatrist is warned against subjecting gender-confused children to “transition” treatment, warning that debate is being “shut down” about practices that could subject children to “serious and irreversible damage.”

Dr. David Bell, a consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and former president of the British Psychoanalytic Society, believes the medical field is being pressured to accept claims that children “declare themselves as being in the wrong body” without “sufficient investigation for its basis,” due in no small part to the fact that such cases have almost quadrupled over the past four years, The Telegraph reported.

Gender dysphoria is a “highly complex problem with many causal pathways,” Bell wrote in the foreword to the book Inventing Transgender Children and Young People, an upcoming collection of essays by clinicians, psychologists, and sociologists.

“Many services have championed the use of medical and surgical intervention with nowhere near sufficient attention to the serious, irreversible damage this can cause and with very disturbingly superficial attitudes to the issue of consent in young children,” he argued. Yet doctors who “refuse to accept the dominant ideological position” are accused of being “transphobic,” which “has been remarkably successful, resulting in a simplification of a very complex problem that needs to be understood at both individual and socio-cultural levels.”

Bell called for an “urgent investigation” into the various factors contributing to these referrals to “transition” minors.

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Books and lesson plans that are designed educate pupils about transgender issues “fail child safeguarding and conflict with the law”, according to Dr Susan Matthews, an honorary senior research fellow in creative writing at Roehampton University.

After analysing a series of books that are circulated in British schools, Dr Matthews found that much of the information given about medical transition is “inaccurate”, adding that “potential harms are ignored, glossed over or falsified”.

She cited a book called Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? which is aimed at children aged seven plus.   The story’s protagonist is a 12-year-old character called Kit who is transitioning from female to male by using hormone blockers to stop the onset of puberty.

In that book, Kit declares that “the best thing about hormone blockers is that if I change my mind then they won’t hurt my body”.

But Dr Matthews argues that this is “misleading”, since there is no evidence to demonstrate that puberty blockers are fully reversible when taken during puberty, or if they cause permanent harm.

“The presentation of unchecked claims about drug-based interventions through books in schools is an irresponsible minimisation of invasive and experimental treatment, which seems only designed to sell it to young people,” she wrote.

The book’s editor points to activists/politicized groups to justify the statement: Andrew Jame, said that information is “not inaccurate and does not misrepresent medical guidance”.

He added: “The advice given in the book, especially referring to puberty blockers, is in line with NHS guidance and numerous LGBT charities and organisations who work with and support trans children and their families.

“The book is also very clear about the age at which young people can access hormones and then surgery, as well as the strict procedures for doing so, in accordance with treatment pathways as set out by NHS gender identity clinics.”

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