A hunt through ClinicalTrials.gov: Who is recruiting puberty-blocked kids for research studies?


When gender critics and gender advocates spar, the more thoughtful opponents at some point usually attack and parry with links to published research. There is sparse conclusive evidence regarding transsexual or transgender adults, but at least you can link to what little there is when making your points.

When it comes to systematic studies of the growing number of children and adolescents undergoing medical “transition” via hormones and surgeries? Not so much. In fact, pretty much nothing. Zilch. Nada.

As I discussed in this post, pediatric gender specialists—endocrinologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists— openly acknowledge that there is essentially no research about the effects and outcomes of childhood medical transition.

So what generally happens when more data is needed about an accelerating and urgent medical problem, one for which experimental treatments are being prescribed? Teams of doctors and/or academic researchers write grants to fund rigorous studies. In the US, important medical research is often…

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One psychologist who gets it: “Trans” kids and their parents deserve something different


What of the gender variant child whose social environment both accepts and encourages an early transition but may be unaware that the child, unwilling to disappoint, has had a change of heart ?Jack Drescher, MD, quoting Cohen-Kettenis, personal communication, in the introduction to this special issue

The Journal of Homosexuality published a 300-page special issue on childhood gender dysphoria in March 2012. It contains articles by several well known “gender specialists,” including Norman Spack, Kenneth Zucker, Jack Drescher, Diane Ehrensaft and others. These providers discuss their own clinical practice and experiences, informed by their viewpoints–and biases–about “trans” kids.

But of most interest to me is a piece by clinical psychologist David Schwartz, PhD., who is not a gender specialist himself, but knowledgeable about child psychology and the dynamics of family therapy. In his aptly named “Listening to Children Imagining Gender: Observing the Inflation of an Idea,” Schwartz critically analyzes three of the other articles in the issue, focusing particularly one written…

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TransNet is Coming: NIH to form “national database of transgender persons”



With a name sounding more like something out of a sci-fi film, the US National Institutes of Health in partnership with former medical leaders of transgender industry group WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) have formed “TransNet”, a research consortium merging commercial, academic, and government interests in data collection, funding, and regulation of the medicalization of gender. The project aims to set the groundwork for the mainstreaming of transgender medical care by conducting research that supports the practice.

Recent Obama administration changes to Medicare/VA/IRS regulations allow for taxpayer subsidized cosmetic breast implants, facelifts, genital re-shaping and off-label drugs as treatment for transgender individuals. These patients seek to alleviate distress caused by possessing what they believe are innate psychological or mental traits related to the reproductive biology of the opposite sex. The goal of the treatments is an attempt to create the appearance that their bodies are the opposite sex:…

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Two recent survey studies by Dr. Johanna Olson: Biases, assumptions, and the medical transitioning of young people


“Confirmation bias, as the term is typically used in the psychological literature, connotes the seeking or interpreting of evidence in ways that are partial to existing beliefs, expectations, or a hypothesis in hand.”

Confirmation Bias: A Ubiquitous Phenomenon in Many Guises, by Raymond S. Nickerson,  Tufts University

In this post, I will look at two recent survey studies (i.e., patient questionnaires and demographic data culled from medical records) conducted by Dr. Johanna Olson and colleagues at the The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. These studies do not look at the medical effects or potential harms of hormone treatments and/or sterilization of prepubescent children and adolescents. Rather, they consist of self-reported characteristics and demographic data, with no questioning of the key “hypothesis in hand”: that medical transition is the treatment of choice for self-identified “transgender youth.”

A hypothesis in hand also can bias the interpretation of subsequently acquired data, either because…

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Federal Judge rules Title IX protections are based on sex, not stereotypes


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U.S. District Court Judge Robert Doumar rejected the Obama administration’s attempts to eliminate Title IX sex-based protections for women and girls and replace them with social stereotypes based on sex. The ruling came in the case of Gavin Grimm, a sixteen year old girl who believes that people have inborn mental characteristics based on sex, and that she has the personality of a sperm-producing individual. Individuals with this belief system call themselves “Transgender” and consider what they believe to be a mis-match between personality and reproductive biology to be a psychiatric condition.

Grimm believes her personality is one of a biological male, and that therefore she is a male with a female body. She would like to express this belief by using the urinals along with the males in the public restrooms at her school. Transgender adherents also believe that individuals who have personality traits “innate” to…

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I Could Call My Knee Fat-phobic But That Would Be Like Calling Biology Transphobic


The continuing practice of trans activists calling anybody who respects facts and lives in the reality-based community transphobic is an interesting example of how a group with no good arguments uses drama to try and silence people.

I will say, though, that sometimes it is hard to face the idea that our feelings just don’t matter.  I understand that fat women have it way worse then fat men in my culture. I have been thin and I have been fat and know full well how much better thin people have it. No, being thin is not a ticket to a stress free life in a house made of diamonds.  I get that. I would rather be a wealthy fat person living in safety and comfort than be a thin person living in poverty and constant danger.

That brings us to my horrible, fat-phobic uncaring knee.  A lifetime of working in a…

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I am watching “I am Cait”. I want my voice to be heard.



GUEST POST by Cheryl

I am watching “I am Cait” and I don’t know how to express the sadness and pain I feel.

I feel so invisible.
My love and care for a man named James for 35 years meant nothing.
I was 17 and he was 24 when we met.
He used me all those years.
And you know what was unforgiveable?
He let me think all those years, there was something wrong with me.
I wasn’t quite pretty enough, I wasn’t quite thin enough and because of my independence “I wasn’t Officer’s Wives material”.
Because of my upbringing, I was too damaged to have a baby with him and raise a healthy child, so we…I remained childless.

He let me BELIEVE that.

Then I wasn’t youthful anymore.
He was in his fifties when he “blossomed” and couldn’t contain “Jamie” anymore.
We were on vacation in Hawaii when he…

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