It would be tempting to suggest that it’s more the case that transphobia used Ms. Bell but the story is more insidious than that.

Her case has been used as a wedge issue to press hard for a rollback of Gillick Competency. Her solicitor is a conservative Christian with connections who are interested in repealing abortion rights in the UK.

Attacking the competency of minors over gender related care is an opening salvo in the fight to abolish abortion rights.

So what makes Ms. Bell’s story all the more tragic is that she has been used, and all the trans youths who will now surely suffer as a result aren’t even the target. They are collateral damage in the war being waged on young people’s agency over their own bodies.

Capricious by name, steadfast by nature. Trans femme dyke. Smutsmith. Provocateur. Witch. Poet. Slut. Idiot. Kicking names and taking ass.