Puberty blockers legal challenge begins

Legal action is being launched against the NHS over the prescribing of drugs to delay puberty.

Papers have been lodged at the High Court by a mother and a nurse against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the UK’s only gender-identity development service (Gids).

Lawyers will argue it is illegal to prescribe the drugs, as children cannot give informed consent to the treatment.

The Tavistock said it had a “cautious and considered” approach to treatment.

Papers were formally lodged on Wednesday by the lawyers for the complainants.

The Tavistock will have three weeks to submit its response, after which a judge will consider the case and decide on the timings of any hearings.

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Understanding and Respecting Differences

In memory of the late Barbara Ross OBE, and made possible by a donation from the Barbara Ross Association the film project ‘Norfolk Trans Youth: Understanding and Respecting Differences’ and accompanying booklets, led by young people from Evolve (MAP’s trans youth support service in Norwich), was launched at Norwich Pride, on Saturday 27th July 2019.

Our filmmaker was Nicole O’Reilly, a young Edinburgh-based trans woman, and creative genius.

The film is a documentary in two parts and we aim to screen as much of this as possible at Norwich Pride on Saturday.  It will be made freely available online as soon as possible after Pride, along with a PDF version of the booklet which will be promoted  in schools, medical services, local authorities and other organisations.

Jen Alexander, Gender Identity Practitioner, will be hosting a private screening of the complete film later this year. Date to be announced.