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.
Clinicians are divided over new guidelines that say teens should undergo mental health screenings before receiving hormones or gender surgeries.
Those three words, “gender-affirming care,” indicate a thoughtful approach to individuals whose gender identity — feelings of self — doesn’t correspond to the sex assigned them at birth. I am appalled that delivering this kind of care has caused well-publicized incidents of bigotry and threats of violence...
Small studies suggest that breast removal surgery improves transgender teenagers’ well-being, but data is sparse. Some state leaders oppose such procedures for minors.
Controversial recommendations on everything from transition to castration.
Readers discuss whether teens are too young to undergo gender-affirming surgeries.
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.
Recent conservative legislation has targeted a class of drugs used to treat transgender adolescents. But what do these drugs actually do?
Proponents of the healthcare bans argue that kids are too young to consent to treatments like hormone therapy and puberty blockers and that the bills aim to prevent “medical experimentation” on children. Some bills claim that trans kids “will outgrow” their identities.
Doctors who provide gender-affirming care are split on how to evaluate teens.
The ‘vast majority of children’ receiving care shouldn’t be treated with hormones or surgery, says the American Academy of Pediatrics
Worries grow over treatments that can leave children sterile.
More than a dozen states have drafted or voted on restrictions to critical healthcare for trans youth. But it's not just trans youth that are being targeted. The livelihoods of doctors and pediatricians who provide this care are at stake too.
In our increasingly anti-trans environment, it can be difficult to find affirming, inclusive information related to gender-affirming care. But if you know people who have had top surgery or have ever browsed an online group of people sharing photos of their first day wearing a favorite shirt with their new flat chest, you know that the possibility of gender euphoria is out there.
Research shows that limiting gender-affirming medical care for young people can have a negative effect on their health.
Discrimination, delays and systemic hurdles prevent young trans people from reaching the care they need, a new study finds.
Interviewing therapists, academics, and transgender people in pursuit of the elusive answer to the question, “What is a woman?” Walsh uncovers a number of professionals whose objections to the trans party line have resulted in being cut out of the discussion altogether.
Transgender people suffer from disproportionately poor lifelong health outcomes and lower life expectancy. This problem is commonly attributed to the gender dysphoria that many transgender young people feel about their bodies. But the truth is that gender dysphoria is treatable when transgender young people are able to access gender-affirming health care and live authentically as themselves.
The use of gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) is significantly related to lower rates of depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among transgender and nonbinary youth, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health...
The peer-reviewed study comes from researchers at The Trevor Project, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, and is the first large-scale study to examine GAHT’s impact on trans and nonbinary young people.
The research is one of the longest studies to study the psychological effects of gender-affirming care.
Lawmakers hell-bent on taking puberty blockers away from trans kids are ignoring all the research that says they're safe for everyone.
A custody battle in the Dallas suburbs amplified a growing conservative cause and helped fuel a move to treat transgender medicine as abuse.
Trans and nonbinary teenagers who receive gender-affirming hormones experience less depression and anxiety and more satisfaction with life than before the treatment, according to a new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers found that a whopping 98% of people who had started gender-affirming medical treatment in adolescence continued to use gender-affirming hormones at follow-up. The finding is significant because of ongoing political debates over whether young people should receive gender-affirming treatment, with some opponents arguing that many transgender children and teens will realize later in life that they aren't really trans.
The legacy media has changed its mind. We are now informed that life-changing transgender surgeries on minors are real, and that they’re spectacular.
WPATH is an international organization of health professionals whose mission is to “promote evidence-based care, education, research, public policy, and respect in transgender health.”
They are joined by other major medical organizations in concluding that age-appropriate gender-affirming care is evidence-based and medically necessary, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Endocrine Society.
For many, getting top surgery is a long and onerous process.
We should allow children to become who they are destined to become, not what adults believe they should become.
Sadjadi, who was a physician before she became an anthropologist, has written that puberty blockers are not as medically inconsequential as they are often portrayed. Although they appear to have no long-term physical effects if they are used for a short time (a year or less), some studies suggest that they can have long-term detrimental effects for the musculoskeletal system if they are used for three or four years.
This care runs the gamut from treatment that is socially affirming and support-based to medical care that follows the guidelines laid out by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Laws that ban gender-affirming treatment ignore the wealth of research demonstrating its benefits for trans people’s health.
“People may assume that gender care means that you’re going to do surgery, or you’re going to put them on hormones. While that might be part of it, that’s really not the focus,” says Dr. Chang. “It’s a lot of continual checking in and seeing where the child is on their journey. It’s about love and support and affirmation.”
Hormones and surgery, affirmation as ‘trans kids’ or therapy? Experts and readers debate.
Stop worrying about what happens if we let kids transition. Worry about what happens if we don’t.
Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.
No decent person wants to hurt children. Yet as pediatricians and longtime public health practitioners, we’ve both seen how children can be harmed by adults’ poor decisions. Efforts to block gender-affirming care for trans children have been more about politics than about health, and kids are paying the price: More than 90% of LGBTQ+ youths say recent politics has harmed their mental health.
Gender-affirming care has been shown to reduce suicide ideation and attempts in transgender individuals, along with social support, familial support, and reduction of discrimination.