Business as usual? A look at the draft English protocol for gender dysphoria
The main achievement of England’s new draft protocol for transition-related services is not to offer progress, but to codify certain elements of existing practice.
In this sense, it somewhat resembles Scotland’s new protocol, which was published a couple of weeks ago.
The Scottish protocol appears to have been based largely upon the services offered by Sandyford, the nation’s largest gender identity clinic. The English protocol seems rooted in current practice at Charing Cross, which plays a similar role within England and Wales. The differences between the documents hinge largely on the differences between the progressive policies instituted at Sandyford, and the more conservative attitude of Charing Cross.