The Economist


Activist doctors are urging GPs to prescribe cross-sex hormones

That will remove the final remnants of gatekeeping from gender medicine

“We did not get the sense that gender medicine was open to scrutiny or self-criticism on standard medical criteria, such as side-effects and long-term outcomes,” he says. A spokesman for the RCP says the course is about “exploring the complexities of this subject”, and “supporting health-care professionals to support their patients in making choices”.

19 February 2022


Britain’s proposal to ban “conversion therapy” is not what it seems

Such therapy is always pointless, often cruel, and occasionally dangerous. Yet the government should rethink its plans, because the proposed law is muddled. It conflates sexual orientation with the nebulous and changeable concept of “gender identity”. The government wants “conversion therapy” to include talking treatments that explore why someone’s gender identity is at odds with their biological sex. A ban would leave the field of gender medicine to those happy to shepherd patients—including the growing number of under-18s who see themselves as transgender—into “gender affirmation”, in which their cross-sex identity is treated as permanent. This approach fast-tracks many children onto powerful drugs and sometimes surgery.

4 December 2021


Portrait of a detransitioner as a young woman

Carol has been a woman, a man and is a woman again. Her story has lessons for trans medicine

6 November 2021


Opinion on the use of puberty blockers in America is turning

Even members of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health have some concerns

16 October 2021


Doubts are growing about therapy for gender-dysphoric children

Drug treatments seem to do little good, and may be harmful

15 May 2021


Little is known about the effects of puberty blockers

That has not stopped clinics prescribing them enthusiastically

20 February 2021


After the Keira Bell verdict: An English Ruling on Transgender Teens Could Have Global Repercussions

Worries grow over treatments that can leave children sterile

14 December 2020


Children are victims in the latest identity-driven culture war

Some feminists and transgender activists are on opposite sides

16 November 2017


When girls won’t be girls

Growing numbers of teenagers, convinced they have been born in the wrong body, are switching gender. But young people change their minds about lots of things. What if one of them is their gender?

28 September 2017 - Charlie McCann



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