Gender Affirming Healthcare

More teenagers than ever are seeking transitions, but the medical community that treats them is deeply divided about why — and what to do to help them - Emily Bazelon

Gender Affirming Healthcare

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Youth and gender-affirming care: let’s start with ‘do no harm’

Treatment for trans kids is a health issue. Gender-affirming care and social support are integral pieces of health care, and denying kids access to this care is as misguided as denying them antibiotics for an infection or stitches for a wound. Parents, skilled professionals, and the children themselves should determine what’s best, with the child’s mental and physical health being at the center of all efforts.

Politicizing this issue further deepens the cultural conflict around trans health care and is a disservice to everyone involved. It is in this climate that 3 out of 4 of LGBTQ+ kids say they have been discriminated against.

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