A specialist NHS centre in London is helping thousands of young people who are having difficulties with gender identity

At a time when transgender issues occupy the centreground of today’s culture wars, a clinic in an unpreposessing 1920s office block in north-west London has found itself on the frontline.

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), based at the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation trust, is the only NHS-run clinic that specialises in helping young people experiencing difficulties with their gender identity.

It is a gender identity service, not a gender transition service. Many children will benefit from talking therapies

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