Jump in counselling for UK transgender children wins LGBT praise

April 8, 2015 4:00 PM

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LONDON, April 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A growing number of children in Britain are being referred to the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) for counselling for transgender feelings, a development activists hailed on Wednesday as a sign of greater awareness of transgender issues.

The number of children - under 11 and some as young as three - being treated at the country's only specialist centre for children with gender issues has quadrupled in the past six years, rising to 77 this year from 19 in 2009, NHS figures show.

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