Trans youth dying in suicide “epidemic” as UK increasingly restricts gender-affirming care

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04/15/2024

Transgender 15-year-old Jason Pulman died by suicide after his country’s medical system told him he’d have to wait 26 months for his first gender-affirming care appointment. His death is at least the third to occur among trans teens in the U.K. who were recently denied similar care — advocates worry such deaths will only increase now that the U.K. seems likely to further restrict such care. A five-day judicial inquiry at Hastings Coroner’s Court in the east English county of East Sussex has found that Pulman, a trans boy, began self-harming at age 13. He came out as trans at age 14, and in February 2020, his doctor referred him to the U.K. National Health Service’s (NHS) Tavistock Clinic for youth Gender Identity Development Services. However, when Pulman followed up with the clinic that following October, he learned that he’d have to wait 26 months for his first appointment, The Independent reported.

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