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Back in April this year I interviewed the mother of an intensely gender dysphoric child. She told how her child (now living as a girl) had become increasingly desperate and suicidal as the prospect of a masculine puberty grew larger. Specialists in the UK weren't prepared to medicate in order to delay the irreversible effects her child's body would undergo and, in desperation, she took her child across the Atlantic to Boston instead.

The Royal Society of Medicine convened a conference to debate this issue in October. However, the country's leading specialist Professor Richard Green, was concerned that the speakers selected for that conference were mostly based in the "conservative" camp. In response he organised a pre-emptive conference of his own at Imperial College in London, where specialists successfully practicing puberty delay therapy around the world could present their outcome data and experiences.

I went along to Richard Green's conference at his invitation and recorded interviews with many of the speakers for this detailed feature.

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  • Christina Alley

    Thank you for a very informative, balanced and sensitive podcast, Christine.

    It is unfortunate that one of the advocates of hormone blockers is such a controversial figure. I though that psychologist Kenneth Zucker was evasive regarding his treatment of pre-teens (e.g. the use of aversion or ‘reparative’ therapy) and whether his use of hormone blockers/hormone therapy in teens is motivated by a priority of avoiding homosexuality.

    Interestingly, the Royal Society conference was more balanced in the end than expected - many of the speakers at Richard Green’s conference were subsequently invited to speak at the RSM too. Did you attend that conference too, Christine, and can we expect another useful podcast?

    Best wishes, Christina x

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:01 am
  • Christine Burns

    Unfortunately I did not have the available time or budget to attend the RSM conference and cover it. At the moment I’m trying to gather eye-witness reports on what took place.

    Oct 4, 2008 at 12:39 am
  • Christina Alley

    I was not there but know a few trans people who were. If you would like their details, just let me know. C x

    Oct 4, 2008 at 2:29 am
  • Jaimie Veale

    Thank you for this very balanced and informative podcast.

    Jaimie Veale

    Oct 5, 2008 at 4:18 am
  • Jamison Green

    Excellent podcast, Christine; thank you!

    Oct 5, 2008 at 7:24 pm