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

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.

The Trevor Project

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.

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