Trans teens living in a supportive family environment have a lower risk of attempting suicide or running away from home.
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Because of ethical considerations, there are no clinical trials comparing the effects of hormone therapy to conversion therapy on trans youths. But a set of recent studies tease out cause and effect.
Some trans people find gender euphoria in being mothers and being with family.
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Trans motherhood showcases the unique joys of being transgender, be it through developing a deeper connection with one’s own child or caring for others in one’s community.
Enforcement of binary gender norms has led to unwanted medical interventions on intersex and cisgender children.
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The first transgender medical clinic opened in the US in the 1960s. But cisgender and intersex children began receiving similar treatments even earlier – often without their consent.
Even though every second person will get their period, it can still come as a shock. Parents can help with good information and support.
Transgender people of color face more than their share of discrimination and violence.
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Being both trans and a person of color comes with a unique set of challenges. Collectively working toward overcoming these barriers is one way this community fights for survival.
As more trans teens have come out, they’ve attracted more attention from the media and politicians.
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Some skeptics say that the growing prevalence of transgender teens is a fad. But history and some recent research show it’s not so simple.
Studies show that family acceptance or rejection has a big impact on a trans child’s mental health and happiness.
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A psychologist and expert on gender diversity explains strategies for creating a healthy environment for trans or nonbinary kids.
Transgender medicine uses a multidisciplinary approach to help trans youth live happier lives.
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Transgender youth have a number of research-backed medical options available to them. The multidisciplinary approach ranges from promoting family support to hormone treatments to surgery.
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Trying to get help for gender dysphoria is rigorous and stressful for young people and their families, it shouldn’t be this way.
Keira Bell, one of the claimants in the High Court case, was prescribed puberty blockers at 16.
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So-called “puberty blockers” work by temporarily suppressing the action of a specific hormone in the body.
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Trans and non-binary people often avoid seeing a doctor because they fear discrimination. Health professionals need better training to provide gender-affirming care.
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When a male bluehead wrasse is removed from the group he dominates, the largest female changes sex, rapidly transforming ovaries into sperm-producing testes. Molecular research shows how.
The ethics of research trials for young people with gender dysphoria are complicated.
Young people with gender dysphoria have high rates of mental health issues which makes conducting ethical research trials complex.
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.
A commonly cited statistic that 60 to 90 percent of gender dysphoric children grow up not to be transgender is based on studies that are deeply flawed.
‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ suggests children are being persuaded into transgender identities before they know what that means. This theory is best explained by transphobia and research study biases.
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…