Eminent doctor yes, Stonewall no

The Telegraph:

Psychiatrists fear that transgender children are being “coached” into giving rehearsed answers when trying to access puberty blockers, the Court of Appeal has heard.

Dr David Bell, a former governor at a gender identity NHS trust, expressed concern that children may be pressured by parents, friends or websites when trying to address feelings of gender dysphoria. 

How could children not be at least influenced by friends or websites or both when trying to address feelings of gender dysphoria in this climate? When the whole subject is so saturated with bullying and righteous fury and social pressure that would get juice out of a brick?

Dr Bell, who was a psychiatrist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust from 1996 until earlier this month, was granted permission on Friday by two senior judges to intervene in a landmark case examining whether transgender children can legally take puberty blockers.

He feels that he can speak more freely now because he’s retired from the Trust.

In legal papers lodged before the Court, Dr Bell is described as a “high profile whistleblower” after he published a report in August 2018 which “investigated serious concerns” raised by ten clinicians working at the Tavistock

The report found that the Tavistock’s gender identity clinic, GIDS, “is not fit for purpose” and some young patients “will live on with the damaging consequences.”

After the report he felt that the Trust victimized him, which is why he didn’t want to participate in the Keira Bell case. But he retired earlier this month, so…

He was afraid to talk, so maybe others there are afraid too.

Maybe all of them are. Maybe none of them believe the dogma but they’re all afraid of each other.

How did that happen? How did what should be a medical/psychiatric issue become so political and so coercive?

“There is evidence that staff members may be frightened of coming forwards,” the documents continued. “Dr Bell, a highly eminent psychiatrist who until recently occupied a senior position with the Appellant, is now free from his employment and able to describe the concerns, which he investigated in some detail.” 

Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Dingemans granted his application to intervene in the appeal, which will be heard over two days in April, while other groups, including the LGBT charity Stonewall, had their application denied. 

Good. That’s part of the answer to my question right there – Stonewall. Stonewall made what should be a medical/psychiatric issue so political and so coercive, along with Pink News and Twitter and a thousand blogs.

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