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More than 800 children in England – some as young as ten – are being given controversial drugs to help them change gender.
Dressed fashionably in a colourful crop top and shiny black trousers, a carefree Llyr declared: ‘I’m just in such a great place now because I know after everything I’ve been through, I’m on the right track.’ But The Mail on Sunday can reveal that more than 600 young people are undergoing treatment at the Gender Identity Development Service clinic at University College Hospital in London, and a further 200 at a clinic in Leeds.
The Mo S has been told that 230 of those 800 are under the age of 14.
The actual quote, which appears in full in the March 3 print edition of Rolling Stone, reads: "Um.
Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that." For the record: Bieber was quoted correctly by writer Vanessa Grigoriadis in her feature.
In future, individuals who want to change gender are expected to simply make a statutory declaration that they intend to live in the sex they have transitioned to until death.
The NHS treatment, which halts the onset of adulthood, is aimed at young people who believe they are trapped in the wrong body.