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UK Psychologist Who Worked at Child Trans Clinic Bravely Sounds Alarm in Damning Open Letter to Former Boss 'Puberty Blockers Are Not Fully Understood'

Will Maule : Jul 22, 2019

"I have also seen accounts of young people who no longer identify as transgender, even after medical interventions and are now distressed about having been put on the medical pathway. It is by seeing their courage that gives me the courage and the ethical duty to speak up." -Kirsty Entwistle, psychologist, excerpt from the Open Letter she wrote to Dr. Polly Carmichael

[] A psychologist, who worked at the UK's only clinic that offer sex-change services to children, has raised serious concerns about the work conducted at the facility. (Image credit: Cecilie Johnsen-Unsplash /via Faithwire)

Kirsty Entwistle was a clinician working at the Gender Identity Development Service (Gids) in Leeds, which is operated by the "Tavistock Centre"—a London-based clinic that offers services to young people who are thinking about transitioning to a different gender.

The publicly-funded clinic is "for children and young people, and their families, who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity," and is "the only one of its kind in Great Britain," according to its website.

Now, however, as it takes on a soaring number of young patients, the facility has come under increased scrutiny.

In a damning open letter written to Tavistock's service director, Dr. Polly Carmichael, Entwistle said she sought to outline her grave "concerns" surrounding the ongoing work of GIDS—including dishonesty on behalf of clinicians as to the wide-ranging impact gender transition can have on young people.

"I think it is a problem that GIDS clinicians are making decisions that will have a major impact on children and young people's bodies and on their lives, potentially the rest of their lives, without a robust evidence base," Entwistle boldly declared.

In addition, the psychologist noted that workers were constantly assuring children and their families that the administering of puberty blockers, and the effects thereof, are "fully reversible." The reality, however, is that the effects of these drugs are still not fully understood.

"GIDS clinicians tell children and families that puberty blockers/hormone blocks are 'fully reversible' but the reality is no one knows what the impacts are on children's brains so how is it possible to make this claim?" Entwistle wrote... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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