David Bell

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David Bell (born 1951) is a consultant psychiatrist who previously worked at the Tavistock Clinic and who became a critic of practices at the clinic for gender non conforming children. In Bell's theory Gender Transition becomes a form of conversion therapy for such children.[1]. In 2021 Bell presented his arguments as part of the Nolan Investigation braodcast on BBC Radio [2]. Bell pointed out that Gender fluidity can be celebrated without labelling a child transgender. Bell has highlighted the lack of follow up evidence for children treated medically as transgender. Bell is a member of the Clinical Advisory Network on Sex and Gender.


  1. Tavistock trust whistleblower David Bell: ‘I believed I was doing the right thing’ in The Guardian 2 May 2021 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/may/02/tavistock-trust-whistleblower-david-bell-transgender-children-gids
  2. Nolan Investigates Episode 5 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09yk7dh