The Tavistock: inside the gender clinic
From Tortoise, journalist Polly Curtis tells the story of the Gender Identity Development Service for children and young people at the Tavistock. The Tavi, as it’s known, is the only NHS clinic in England and Wales which treats children suffering from gender dysphoria. Its critics have accused it of fast-tracking young people into changing gender. Its supporters argue it has provided help and support, even a lifeline for some. In a few months time the clinic will close. This is the story of what happened.All episodes are now available to listen for free. Tortoise members can listen ad-free and ge...
James Marriot • The Times UK • Dec 16, 2022
"I’m not sure I’ve ever listened to a podcast so hedged with warnings, caveats, pre-emptive apologies and clarifications. I’m all for being polite, but this does mean the narrative moves at a slower pace than it might. It takes a while to get to the story of GIDS, which is fascinating. Curtis probes these questions carefully. She’s interesting and smart about the ways the warring sides in the trans debate are closer than they realise. Journalists have to be allowed to speak clearly. Asking questions isn’t offensive."
Ximena Smith • Stuff NZ • Dec 10, 2022
"Tortoise Media is back at it again, adding yet another stellar podcast to its already-impressive line-up released this year...Curtis has lived up to her promises – her interviews are nuanced and thoughtful, and she approaches the story with the right mix of curiosity and compassion."