There are many genes involved in shaping not just our biological sex, but also our gender identity.
It's not about trauma or how you were raised: evidence now points to a biological basis for transgender, and to the action of particular genes in that determination.
The ruling comes as a relief to many in the trans community.
Until now, Australia was the only country that required youth with gender dysphoria to seek approval from the Family Court for the second stage of hormone treatments.
No four-year-olds in Australia are undergoing any irreversible treatment, as was implied in media reports yesterday.
At age four treatment for gender dysphoria consists of counselling, and nothing irreversible.
Gender dysphoria is when a person’s subjectively felt gender is incongruent with her or his biological sex.
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The legal steps they're required to take for gender dysphoria treatment places an unnecessary burden on children and their families.
Some people experience a profound discomfort with their biological sex.
Imagine yourself as a doctor consulting with a child who is experiencing profound discomfort. At times, the parents inform you, the child’s profound discomfort escalates, manifesting in profound distress…