Doctors outraged at NHS trust’s two-hour lesson on ‘gender unicorns’
NHS doctors are being taught about “gender unicorns” and “genderf---” identities, leaked training has revealed.
Dozens of health service staff attended a session about gender diversity last week, delivered by the Devon Partnership NHS Trust to another trust and leaked to The Telegraph.
The two-hour session displayed a diagram of a “gender unicorn” with sliding scales of male, female and other identities, alongside spectrums of gender expression, sex assigned at birth and physical and emotional attraction.
Later in the class, medics were shown 11 examples of gender expressions, including non-binary, agender, neutrois, demigender, polygender, androgyne and femme-butch.
Attendees were left in visible disbelief when the NHS gender clinic worker leading the session introduced another identity – “genderf---” – which they explained was “when people don’t give a f--- about gender”.
It has prompted warnings that the NHS is failing to treat transgender issues impartially behind closed doors.
Another PowerPoint slide on terminology mentioned “Terf” – trans-exclusionary radical feminist, considered a slur for those critical of trans activism – with the authors JK Rowling and Germaine Greer mentioned by the trainer as examples of this.
Doctors were told about “kinks” in another slide setting out the “LGBTQ umbrella”, with BDSM also mentioned as a community linked closely to trans.
Another slide urged medics to “affirm” gender identities in order to get the trust of transgender service users.
However, the training met a defiant response, with one medic in attendance saying it “opened my eyes to how ridiculous this whole thing is” and suggested “capture” by activists.
“It seemed that they were almost an apostate for the trans movement and they were very proud of the fact they had 3,800 people on the [gender clinic] waiting list,” the NHS staff member, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Telegraph.
“They were almost upset that there is no licensing for hormones for gender purposes, whereas to most rational people working in the NHS – and the public – we think shouldn’t our healthcare pounds be spent on evidence-based treatment and not creating waiting lists for self-interested groups who are using treatments with no evidence base whatsoever?
“They went down a list of gender identities and talked about ‘genderf---’. People in the audience were smirking, they felt a bit uncomfortable. It was almost Alan Partridge-esque. Why did we need to be exposed to that language?”
Devon Partnership NHS Trust, which is home to the West of England Specialist Gender Identity Clinic, declined to comment.
Another trust, which The Telegraph is not naming to protect attendees, commissioned the training to inform its own gender policy.
However, the medic who attended along with 30 others – though the voluntary session was open to all staff who wished to attend – said it turned people off.
“The EDI officer at our trust is very shrewd, really shrewd and they have made sure that the trans guidance group is about 50 per cent gender critical,” the medic added.
“We’re not going to fall for it because we’re not that wet behind the ears. But there are, I can imagine, other trusts where people don’t have such a critical mass of gender-critical people.”
This was the latest diversity row to hit the NHS after a mounting public backlash against taxpayer cash being spent on equality sessions, inclusion tsars and “affirmative” treatment.
On Friday, NHS England opened a consultation, running until Dec 4, on draft plans to overhaul gender services amid the closure of the Tavistock Clinic and a landmark review by Dr Hilary Cass calling for change.
Among the plans, children being considered for hormone treatment would be closely monitored into adulthood and children who buy unregulated puberty blockers could be referred to police or social services.
The proposals also include a “more integrated multi-disciplinary team” in gender clinics, with experts in autism, mental health and neurodisability alongside gender dysphoria.
The national plans, which have been welcomed by campaigners, also outline more limits for formal social transition among teenagers, including “evidence that in most cases gender incongruence does not persist into adolescence” for pre-pubertal children.