High Rate of Mental Health Problems in Transgender Children

Transgender children, even those young as 9 or 10 years old, already show increased susceptibility to mental health problems compared with their cisgender peers, new research suggests. Investigators assessed a sample of more than 7000 children aged 9-10 years in the general population and found those who reported being transgender assessed significantly higher on all … Read more

Biden Boosts LGBTQI Protections, Bans Conversion Therapy

June 15, 2022 – President Joe Biden issued an executive order today banning conversion therapy and offering other LBGTQI+ protections as part of White House efforts to advance equality during Pride Month. “My order will use the full force of the federal government to end inhumane practices of conversion therapy,” Biden said in a speech … Read more

New Studies Show Growing Number of Trans, Nonbinary Youth in US

Two new studies point to an ever-increasing number of young people in the United States who identify as transgender and nonbinary, with the figures doubling among 18- to 24-year-olds in one institute’s research — from 0.66% of the population in 2016 to 1.3% (398,900) this year. In addition, 1.4% (300,100) of 13- to 17-year-olds identify … Read more

A ‘Crisis’ of Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts in Transgender Youth

Transgender youth are significantly more likely to consider suicide and attempt it compared to their cisgender peers, new research shows. In a large population-based study, investigators found the increased risk of suicidality is partly because of bullying and cyberbullying experienced by transgender teens. The findings are “extremely concerning and should be a wake-up call,” Ian … Read more

Sexual Minority Youth in Canada Face Higher Suicide Risks

Sexual minority adolescents in Canada — those who are attracted to the same gender or multiple genders, or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer — experience increased risks for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, according to a new report. Transgender youth were five times more likely to think about suicide and 7.6 … Read more

Few Children Who Socially Transition Soon Change Their Minds

Approximately 7% of youth who chose gender identity social transition in early childhood had retransitioned 5 years later, based on data from 317 individuals. “Increasing numbers of children are socially transitioning to live in line with their gender identity, rather than the gender assumed by their sex at birth—a process that typically changing involves a … Read more

Calls for Caution on Gender Reassignment in Adolescents

France — Demand for gender reassignment surgery in children and adolescents has increased in the United States and Europe over the past few years. For its part, the French National Academy of Medicine has urged that caution be exercised when it comes to the therapies involved and advised that the psychological support phase be extended. … Read more

Doctors Have Failed Them, Say Those With Transgender Regret

In a unique Zoom conference, a number of detransitioners enumerated the ways they said the medical establishment initially failed them when they transitioned to the opposite gender, and again, when they decided to go back to their natal gender. The forum was convened on what was dubbed #DetransitionAwarenessDay by Genspect, a parent-based organization that seeks to … Read more

Debate Heats Up on How Best to Treat Gender-Questioning Kids

The past week has seen heated debate about the complex issue of how to best treat children with gender dysphoria, with further developments in a number of US states and in Sweden. In the United States, more states have moved to prevent the use of any medical treatment, such as puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones, … Read more

Proposed Insurance Policy Ignites Debate Over Transgender Care

A new proposed insurance rule to limit discrimination in health plans has ignited a debate over transgender health care. The policy, known as the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, is part of the Biden administration’s proposal for 2023 for government health insurance exchanges. The rule would require health plans to ensure their benefit designs … Read more