The Tavistock: inside the gender clinic

The Tavistock: Inside the gender clinic

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From Tortoise, journalist Polly Curtis tells the story of the Gender Identity Development Service for children and young people at the Tavistock. The Tavi as it’s known is the only clinic in England and Wales which has treated children suffering from body dysphoria. Its critics have accused it of fast-tracking young people into changing gender. Its supporters argue it has provided help and support, even a lifeline. In a few months the clinic will close. This is the story of what happened.

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