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NHS-funded clinic promotes prostitution as way for trans people to pay for treatment

NHS-funded clinic promotes prostitution as way for trans people to pay for treatment

  • CliniQ said sex work can be helpful and ’empowering’ when done by trans men
  • The booking was partly funded by King’s College NHS Trust and three councils
  • It also suggests that transgender men may hide the fact that they are trans when visiting gay sex parties.

A clinic receiving NHS funding is promoting prostitution as a way for transgender people to pay for their transitional treatment, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

According to a guide produced by CliniQ, a sex counseling service for transgender people at King’s College Hospital in London, being a sex worker “can be helpful and sometimes empowering”. He adds, “It can help pay for some parts of our transition.”

The CliniQ brochure, which is partly funded by King’s College NHS Trust and three local authorities in London, also suggests that transgender men – people born in a female body but transitioning to a man – may hide the fact that they are trans when they visit gay parties. .

CliniQ brochure, partly funded by King’s College NHS Trust and three local authorities in London, suggests sex work as a way to pay for treatment

Titled Cruising: A Trans Guy’s Guide To The Gay Sex Scene, it advises readers to circumvent male-only restrictions in gay saunas by only performing sex acts “without others seeing your genitals”. Experts have warned that this would amount to committing the sex crime by deception.

The pamphlet, which features foul sexual language including 22 uses of the words “f***” and “f******” in its 44 pages, largely focuses on extreme sexual acts, including sadomasochism and sexual abuse. bondage.

“Sex in public spaces is legal, as long as other members of the public cannot see you,” he says. “Or as long as it is unlikely that someone will meet you having sex. For example, having sex in a quiet wood, away from the road or path, late at night.

Although aimed at pre-op trans men – many of whom are in their late teens and early 20s – the booklet only makes fleeting reference to pregnancy.

LGB Alliance, an organization which defends the rights of gays and women, last night demanded that NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard and Health Secretary Sajid Javid order the booklet to be ‘immediately withdrawn’. King’s College Hospital said last night he had been withdrawn.

In a letter to health chiefs, the alliance said: ‘We are writing to express concern that an NHS publication is encouraging the sexual assault of gay men through the criminal act of deceptive sex and promoting prostitution as a way to fund sex reassignment.

“Young trans men are encouraged to visit gay saunas and keep the fact that they are not biological men a secret.

“Not only is this a breach of the law, but it treats gay men with contempt and endangers the lives of young trans men who could potentially face a backlash from gay or bisexual men in saunas.”

Kate Barker, chief executive of the LGB Alliance, said: ‘We are amazed that a leaflet encouraging vulnerable girls to undertake criminally deceptive and breathtaking sex acts in gay men’s saunas and the quiet woods is being endorsed by the NHS.

“The fact that this ugly and demeaning guide wraps itself in the rainbow flag is an insult to all same-sex attracted people who are as horrified as we are by CliniQ’s occasional homophobia. Encouraging young women to believe that they really are gay men is cruel, dangerous and deeply wrong.

Tory peer Baroness Nicholson described the booklet as “surely outside the professional ethics of NHS healthcare professionals and may even go beyond the bounds of the law”. She intends to raise the matter in the House of Lords.

CliniQ was the first dedicated sexual health service for transgender people in the UK when it opened at King’s College Hospital in April 2019. It is run in partnership with the hospital and is supported by health consultant Dr Michael Brady and HIV who is also the National LGBT Advisor for NHS England.

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘King’s College Hospital has not been involved in the content, publication, distribution or promotion of the brochure. It is no longer available on the CliniQ website and it is not used or distributed at our Sexual Health Center. CliniQ has been contacted for comment.

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