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Psychotherapist banned from studying trans regret appeals to European human rights court

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Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Caspian has appealed the ECHR, which is likely to decide on the case's admissibility in the first half of this year.

A psychotherapist is taking a university in the United Kingdom to the European Court of Human Rights for not approving him to study cases of people who have surgery to reverse gender reassignment because it is not a “politically correct” topic.

Bath Spa University in England refused permission to 61-year-old James Caspian, a registered U.K. psychotherapist with 10 years of experience in therapy for transgender individuals, to do the study as part of a master’s dissertation because “engaging in a potentially ‘politically incorrect’ piece of research carries a risk to the University.”

According to the Christian Legal Centre, the university’s ethics subcommittee added that “[a]ttacks on social media may not be confined to the researcher but may involve the University.”

By last June, “every avenue of legal proceedings had been blocked,” the statement issued by the legal organization states.

“I have been faced with no alternative but to take this case to Europe,” Caspian said in a statement. “Too much is at stake for academic freedom and for hundreds, if not thousands, of young people who are saying that they are being harmed and often silenced by a rigid view that has become a kind of transgender ideology and permits no discussion.”

The application sent to the ECHR states that “the procedural history of Mr. Caspian’s claim fits the very definition of suffering from excessive formalism and a fundamental lack of flexibility.”

“The implications for a democratic society of the suppression of information and discussion are deeply worrying.” said Caspian.

The psychotherapist says he feels “morally obliged to speak out because people are telling me that they’ve been harmed, and my profession should do no harm.”

Christian Legal Centre Chief Executive Andrea Williams stated that over the past decade, there’d been a 3,000% spike in “young girls and women being referred to Gender Identity Clinics.”

“This is a phenomenon taking place in every Western nation with many regretting the life-changing decisions they subsequently make,” Williams stated. “Why? That was the question James Caspian wanted to research.”

But thanks to the “current climate,” such attempts to research, explain and answer are “denounced and silenced,” Williams argues. Caspian “will finally have the opportunity to have justice served and to set a crucial legal precedent” at the ECHR.

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