What is a trans life worth?
I guess i could have done the usual lengthy and closely argued defence of treatments for trans kids. But that misses the point entirely.
What the NHS is doing in terms of trans kids is outrageous. Period.
So, here is my squawk of outrage.
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The NHS spec for trans kids is out. This was going to be a short thread and instant reaction. But, maybe it is worth just a little more. So, here’s my short reaction.
Quaint old biddies
There are a few folks out there eager to paint the review and the entire review process as somehow or other a neutral exercise, and attributing it to quaint old biddy (Cass) who just happens to have been led astray by bad media and even badder gender criticals.
If you believe that, I have a London-based bridge to sell you.
Hard, of course, to apportion blame to any individual, or discern individual motives. Still, it should be obvious that any bunch of people (academics, medics et al.) who take on such a commission under this most transphobic of transphobic governments is at very least ‘acceptable’ to the powers that be.
For which read ‘acceptably transphobic’. Course they won’t ever think of themselves as such. So, let’s sugar it slightly: ‘acceptably cis-centric’!
Whether a particular individual is or is not an outright bigot is beside the point. The government does not advertise in the personals for ‘anyone with an interest in trans and wants to head up a key inquiry’. Nor do they advertise for ‘anti-trans hater needed to stitch up trans healthcare’. It is all, always, far more subtle than that.
What, then, is the key take-out from the recommendations? First that, in keeping with the values of this government, the inquiry has scant regard for ethics.
Making medical treatment conditional on joining in to medical research is seriously not on. It is likely to be challenged massively before ethics boards. And it will not have the effect that its advocates think it will.
Rather, as Jolyon Maugham argues elsewhere…