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Xoxoxoxoxoxox Sun 13-Dec-20 23:33:03

Sorry if this has already been covered in other threads but I was looking at at a London based Charity called Spectra’s website- they run support groups for ‘trans’ children and teenagers.
They have issued a statement about the Tavistock ruling and I find it quite disturbing. They advocate for medicalisation through puberty blockers and completely ignore any of the facts about the possible harm they can do and refer to them as ‘lifesaving:’

Consenting to hormone blockers – a treatment which is entirely reversible and has been widely researched and used for three decades – is something which should come under Gillick competency.

spectra-london.org.uk/2020/12/02/statement-on-tavistock-ruling-to-trans-under-16s-seeking-access-to-life-saving-puberty-blockers/

My main point is that in the websites transgender medication and resource section it advises children that they can get a bridging subscription of hormone blockers from their gp if they cite mental health issues.
They seem to be encouraging children to get around the ruling by claiming that they feel suicidal in order to push GP’s into prescribing puberty blockers.
They have no medical training yet are giving children advice that is so blinded by the ideology that the only future that they see for the children is to continue down the path of medicalisation, whether it is legal or not.

spectra-london.org.uk/2020/10/08/transgender-medication-statement-and-resource-guide/

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persistentwoman Sun 13-Dec-20 23:47:38

I don't think this statement refers to the judicial review. It's dated October 8th and refers to adults and action by the General Pharmaceutical Council taking action against a chemist dispensing (presumably online) hormones etc.

DeaconBoo Mon 14-Dec-20 00:18:20

Persistent - the first link goes to a statement from 2 Dec about the judicial review.

"It is clear that young trans voices need to be central to any decisions being made about them"
I find this odd - what does 'being central' actually mean - children should have the final say in whether to apply existing laws or not? Or that they should have the opportunity to present evidence about their experiences which will be considered by judges (which they did)?

persistentwoman Mon 14-Dec-20 00:24:56

Sorry OP - I missed that.
So another adult group self identifying as experts in children, ethics, the law and medicine then?

xxyzz Mon 14-Dec-20 00:27:37

Can this kind of dangerous misinformation be reported to anyone?

If they are a charity, can they be reported to the Charity Commission?

Vermeil Mon 14-Dec-20 08:52:57

@DeaconBoo
I’ve noticed that ‘being central’ or ‘must be centred on’ comes up again and again. Seemingly to the exclusion of anything inconvenient, such as other people’s needs, safeguarding, medical ethics, evidence....

ErrolTheDragon Mon 14-Dec-20 08:59:00

The best interests of gender-confused youngsters is what should be 'central', not their voices.
This is what our judicial system has clarified. This charity surely has no medical or legal basis for putting out advice which contradicts this.

PaleBlueMoonlight Mon 14-Dec-20 14:56:10

I think they might be a bit for profit rather than a charity. Amazing how they don’t centre the best interests of children.

PaleBlueMoonlight Mon 14-Dec-20 16:13:25

*not for profit

persistentwoman Mon 14-Dec-20 16:54:16

Somewhere on their website I noticed an invitation for schools to contact them to provide SRE training / work with children. How is an organisation that dismisses a detailed High court judgement identifying serious issues about children, consent and Gillick competence appropriate to work with children in schools?

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