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Topics related to gender identity - and issues that are relevant to many trans people's lives - have thankfully been receiving greater attention in the UK in recent years. This includes increasing interest in our service and what we do.

We welcome media enquiries about our work. Please contact our Trust’s dedicated press office who will be happy to help.

How Matt and Ash feel about taking part in our documentary

Have you watched Kids on the Edge: The Gender Clinic? Visit the Tavistock and Portman website to see Ash and Matt, and their mums, talk about how they feel about taking part in our documentary. Or read the transcript below.

 

Transcript

The Gender Clinic

Century Films: What was it like being filmed?

Ash: I would explain it as a ten out of ten situation because it was fun to be honest

CF: Why did you want to share your story with us?

A: Because I think people needed to know. I wanted to be on it to share reasons about how transgender is and how it can change you.

Loads of other trans kids can't be transgender and this would be a great film to make to show that they are not alone

CF: Did you talk to your mum lots before you decided to be in the documentary? Because it's a big decision, isn't it?

A: It is a big decision, yeah. But once you do it you don't feel shy any more. You do it and it feels good to get it off your chest.

Terri: She enjoyed the whole thing and it's really boosted her confidence a whole lot. Even just you guys, the film crew, understanding her. I think there aren't a lot of people outside the family who have met her and been understanding about the situation. She knows that once everybody watches it, that hopefully even if only 20% of people understand

CF: When you go to school tomorrow and your friends ask you about the documentary, what will you say?

A: I'm gonna say big thumbs up! Watching it was not as bad as I thought it would be – I thought I would cry but it made me laugh really hard.


Rachel (Matt’s mum): There comes a point at which you need to tell your story to everybody, to try and make people understand. What you see in the documentary really is a taste of what daily life is like. You do have the likes of Caitlin Jenner highlighting transgender issues, but it doesn’t show how difficult it really is. So the decisions was a hard one, but the positives outweigh the negatives. If they hadn’t, we wouldn’t have taken part.

I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction. Yeah, I really enjoyed it, I was really quite happy about it. I know that Matt has seen the documentary as well – he think’s he’s an absolute legend.

Matt wanted to take part because if he could show everybody then he wouldn’t have to tell everybody. If nobody asks me any more questions it might be easy for me to find my place in society.

Matt’s message:

I want people to understand who I am and who I want to be, that’s why I wanted to take part in the documentary. I don’t like talking and answering questions or explaining myself, so people can watch the film

Website launch – thanks to everyone for the initial feedback!

We are proud to announce that this website for the Gender Identity Development Service – gids.nhs.uk – is now live. We'd like to give thanks to everyone who has given feedback on the website so far.

The site has been put together with extensive involvement with young people, their parents and other family members, health professionals and other stakeholder groups. We find input and feedback really helpful, and we will continue to take ideas from people from many different groups as the site develops. If you have any suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us

gids website homepage

 

Watch 'Kids on the Edge', a documentary series on Channel 4 starting this Wednesday

Kids on the Edge is a groundbreaking documentary series produced for Channel 4 by the award-winning Century Films. It explores the treatment of complex issues in the nation’s children and young people through exclusive access to three different areas of our work.

Episode one – the Gender Clinic

Wednesday 16 November, Channel 4, 10pm

The Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is the only NHS-funded service working on gender issues in young people in the UK.

The first film explores the difficult decisions faced by children when they feel like they’ve been born into the wrong gender, or don’t fit into the neat definitions dictated by society. While gender dysphoria is not a mental illness, it presents a whole manner of related developmental and identity issues.

For most living like this can be unbearable. It can lead to distress, suicidal desires, and frightened and desperate parents. And there are no easy solutions – potentially life-changing decisions about transitioning into your chosen gender at a young age, and the medical interventions that follow, are very complicated.

The clinic has seen a 100% increase in referrals in the last year. Directed by the BAFTA-winning Peter Beard (My Son the Jihadi) this episode will follow the daily lives of two transgender children, their families and their treatment by GIDS staff. 

Read more about Kids on the Edge