Letters: our treatment of trans teenagers

Readers react to an Observer editorial on the high court’s ruling on puberty blockers

The Keira Bell editorial supports the inhumane treatment of trans teenagers, a marginalised group already under serious threat in daily life and the media (“A welcome judgment that makes children’s safety central”).

The piece fails to mention that the judgment questions consent on puberty blockers mostly because of likely subsequent irreversible steps, not because of the blockers themselves. It also ignores that Bell’s solicitor is enmeshed in the conservative Christian movement against human rights, such as abolishing abortion – which raises a possibility that trans kids might be merely collateral damage here in a battle against Gillick rights [covering the competence of minors to consent to medical treatment].

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Source: The Guardian
Letters: our treatment of trans teenagers