A teenage boy who dressed in girls’ clothes and used a different name has spoken out about returning to living in his birth sex. In an interview with an Australian TV show, Patrick Mitchell, who had believed he was a ‘girl trapped in a boy’s body’, opened up about his experience. Patrick was diagnosed with gender dysphoria aged 12, after saying he was unhappy with his male body. His mother Alison said doctors “were wrong to pigeonhole him so quickly”. “I think they should have said ‘here we have a child who does have gender dysphoria and he’s going through a period of transition where he needs to work out exactly how he feels’”, she added. Alison decided to give him puberty blockers, before allowing him to take her own oestrogen hormones. “We were wanting to fuse his bone growth so that we could reduce his height a little bit”, she said.

 

The Archbishop of Canterbury has been asked by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres to be a member of a new high-level advisory board on mediation. Most Rev Justin Welby will join 17 other global leaders and experts to provide the Secretary-General with advice on mediation initiatives and back specific mediation efforts around the world. Archbishop Welby said in a tweet that he was "honoured to join UN Secretary General's board on mediation". The group, which includes the President of Chile, former President of Finland and former President of the Republic of Nigeria, bring together an extensive range of experience, skills, knowledge and contacts to assist the Secretary-General.

 

George Galloway is facing the threat of bankruptcy in a bitter feud with the former parliamentary aide who once complained that she had to buy his underwear. Aisha Ali-Khan, a Muslim women’s rights activist, has issued a petition to bankrupt the former MP, according to records at the Bankruptcy Court. Ms Ali-Khan has been engaged in a long-running dispute with Mr Galloway. Last year she accepted costs and damages, believed to be a five-figure sum, to settle a libel battle over his allegation that she had used his home for trysts. He issued a public apology in a statement read by his lawyer in the High Court. Bankruptcy Court records show that Mr Galloway applied last month to set aside a statutory demand for payment made by Ms Ali-Khan, of Keighley, West Yorkshire. Her petition to make him bankrupt was filed on Monday.