The Medico-Legal ‘Making’ of ‘The Transgender Child’

September 13, 2019Heather Brunskell-Evans

In this paper published by

Oxford University Press

I demonstrate that ‘the transgender child’ is an invented identity which binds children to traditional gender stereotypes, medically harms them, and renders clinicians unable to operate within the medical ethos to which they aspire. The law, in acceding to the controversial proposition that a child can consent to life-changing irreversible procedures, is complicit in the derogation of children’s human rights to adult oversight, to bodily integrity, and to have their best interests served.


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