Intervening on the Bell v Tavistock appeal

On Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 June, the appeal to the Bell v Tavistock will be heard at the Court of Appeal. Gendered Intelligence was granted status as intervener in January 2021, and we made our submission to the lawyers accordingly earlier this year.

Due to COVID restrictions, only Counsel and solicitors for parties making oral submissions will be allowed to attend the hearing in person. The case will be shown live on YouTube, with the relevant links on the Judiciary site. We will nevertheless be outside the courts with some of our young people who wanted to show face and be present, to show that young trans people are here, visible and valued.

Many of us are frustrated with the case and its outcomes for healthcare. Many of us are scared. At Gendered Intelligence we believe that outside of the court is not the time to express those sentiments, and we’re bringing a show of force through positivity instead. Our young people exist, are thriving in being their wonderful selves, and are being incredibly brave in even showing up in face of what may be outright hostility. We know that we couldn’t stop them independently showing up and being visible if we tried, so we’re instead offering to help create a safe and supportive space for them. It’s what we do best!

Several members of our team will also be there, as well as parents and carers of some of those wonderful young people. Legal restrictions around the size of groups means that we are not organising or encouraging more than 30 to attend. If higher numbers are present we will be following advice from local officials, as well as keeping to safe distances, in line with COVID guidance and advice.

We are proud to stand in coalition with subject experts and co-interveners Brook and the Endocrine Society, as well as having the backing of legal experts The Good Law Project. Thanks to this intervention, the court will hear submissions from GI — the only trans-led organisation given a voice in this appeal — and other experts in reproductive health, young people’s competency, and endocrinology.

Our CEO, Dr Jay Stewart, and Head of Public Engagement, Cara English, will be on hand to field any press enquiries – please get in touch with publicengagement@genderedintelligence.co.uk if you wish to speak with us.

We are cautiously hopeful that logic and compassion will ultimately prevail, and we will keep you updated every step of the way. Solidarity and strength.

By genderedintelligence

Gendered Intelligence is a trans-led charity based in the U.K. Our object is to: - Deliver arts programmers and creative workshops to trans youth (under the age of 25) from across the UK in order to increase the quality of young trans people’s life experiences. - Deliver facilitated workshops to all young people within schools, colleges, youth groups and other settings from across the UK, in order to generate discussion and debate around gender and the ways in which it presents challenges in our everyday lives. - Offer Continuing Professional Development, trans awareness training, policy development and consultation as well as attend conferences and events to raise awareness of young trans people’s experiences and needs across the UK and beyond. - To contribute to the creation of community cohesion across the whole of the trans community throughout the UK by bringing trans people and professional services together to form partnerships and run projects that will benefit the trans community. To understand more about our organisation, please visit our website at http://genderedintelligence.co.uk!

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