A RESOURCE & COMMUNITY FOR LGBT PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PROMOTE THE LONG-TERM PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH OF GENDER DYSPHORIC YOUTH.
What brings us here?
More and more children, teens, and young adults, are being diagnosed with gender dysphoria, affirmed as transgender, and are medically transitioning. Since gender dysphoria can be fluid in some young people, inappropriate medical transitions are happening as a result of the move towards a “gender affirmative model.” In this model, the gender identity of the young person is immediately validated. Social and medical transition (even in minors) is supported and treated as a human right, rather than treating gender dysphoria as a mental health issue, where medical treatment should be avoided if possible.
While this may have some benefits for trans-identified youth, false positives are inevitable, and regret rates are likely to rise. This will disproportionately affect gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth, who are more likely to experience gender dysphoria than the general population. There are also health consequences for young people who medically transition, regardless of how stable their trans identification may be. In addition, the ideology around how society should view gender, often promoted by individuals supporting these social and medical industry changes, is affecting society in ways that many argue are not all positive.
WHO ARE WE?
MISSION & GOALS
To prevent the over-medicalization of gender nonconforming youth. To prevent harm resulting from medical treatments on trans-identified minors. And to address confusion and rights conflicts that arise from new ideologies about gender (within and outside of the LGBT community). This will be done through outreach to the mental health and medical community, LGBT orgs, parents, schools, media, and the public. Learn More
Gender Health Query is a U.S. based organization, but these are issues affecting other countries, and we seek an international network and conversation.
We are seeking to build community with other LGBT people and concerned parents, mental health and medical providers, and educators. To support us please sign our ongoing open letter, calling for more evidence-based information regarding large increases in trans-identified youth.
Disclaimer: The purpose of this website is not to advise any parent about what to do if they have a trans-identified minor or young adult. This website seeks answers to some unknown scientific questions about the effects of affirmation protocols on desistance rates (youth who outgrow gender dysphoria), and the future of young people medically transitioning in skyrocketing numbers. Its role is to highlight some of the risks of early social and medical transition. It should be used for informational purposes only. Studies show rejecting a trans-identified youth, denying their experience, or indicating they would not be loved and supported if they transition, can have a negative impact on mental health. Hasty transition can also cause damage to trans-identified young people, and more examples of this happening are being documented. We’re advocating for a scientifically based mental health model, where trans youth are helped and desisters are protected, where medical treatment is viewed as a last resort, not a first or neutral resort.