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Complainant Name:
Ms Lesley Stafford

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Scottish Sun


Ms Lesley Stafford complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a misleading article in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Code. The complainant said that the claim children with gender dysphoria were given "sex swap drugs" was misleading. While they may be given medications which halted puberty, they could not accurately be described as "sex swap drugs".


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement:

In an article ‘GPs give sex swap drugs to kids of 12' (29 April), we stated that children were prescribed "sex change" drugs by their GPs. We are happy to clarify that we were not referring to opposite sex hormones, but to medications, which have the effect of stopping puberty. These medications are used to treat a number of hormonal conditions, not only gender dysphoria.

Date Published: 25/07/2013

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