US Politicians should follow the science on gender-affirmation treatments

21:15  29 april  2021
21:15  29 april  2021 Source:   thehill.com

'It's not safe': Parents of trans kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom

  'It's not safe': Parents of trans kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom Texas mom Amber Briggle said moving would be hard for her family, but “my son always comes first.”Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, vetoed the measure earlier this month, calling it “a vast government overreach.” But the Arkansas General Assembly overrode the veto, and the bill will become law this summer.

Transgender children and teens are being targeted, as Arkansas became the first state to ban doctors from offering gender-affirming medical treatments, while other states are considering similar measures.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Politicians should follow the science on gender-affirmation treatments © Getty Images Politicians should follow the science on gender-affirmation treatments

Although the sponsors of these bans on medical treatments for transgender young people claim that such actions are intended to protect them, the fact is these efforts are likely to harm children in distress and those who are seeking medical care that affirms their identity.

Research suggests that policies that systemically discriminate against transgender youth create "minority stress," which is linked to a host of negative academic, educational and health outcomes. Meanwhile, a recent study found that states that implemented health insurance non-discrimination policies saw a significant reduction in suicidality among transgender and gender diverse individuals.

'State of crisis': Advocates warn of 'unprecedented' wave of anti-LGBTQ bills

  'State of crisis': Advocates warn of 'unprecedented' wave of anti-LGBTQ bills Eight of these bills have already been enacted and 10 more are on governors’ desks, according to the Human Rights Campaign. “Just to underscore the severity of these bills and the dangerous threshold we are about to cross: If these bills are enacted, it would mean that states will have enacted more anti-LGBTQ bills this year alone than in the last three years combined,” David said.The national landscapeSo far in 2021, eight bills targeting LGBTQ people have become law, most of them centered on transgender minors.

The peer-reviewed research suggests that transgender children and youth who are treated with affirmation and receive evidence-based treatments tend to see improvements in their psychological wellbeing.

Between 2000 and 2008, researchers followed 70 adolescents who had felt conflicted about the sex they were assigned at birth. Adolescents who needed and received gender-affirming medical treatment before reaching puberty demonstrated a decrease in depressive symptoms and behavioral and emotional problems alongside significant improvements in their general functioning.

In another study, published in 2014, Dutch scientists followed the same group of gender diverse teens into their early 20s. After they received gender-affirming medical care in early adulthood, the participants demonstrated improved psychological functioning and their sense of wellbeing was similar to or better than that of their peers in the general population, the researchers found.

COVID treatment has improved, but many wish for an easy pill

  COVID treatment has improved, but many wish for an easy pill If Priscila Medina had gotten COVID-19 a year ago, she would have had no treatments proven safe and effective to try. But when the 30-year-old nurse arrived at a Long Island hospital last month, so short of breath she could barely talk, doctors knew just what to do. They quickly arranged for her to get a novel drug that supplies virus-blocking antibodies, and “by the next day I was able to get up and move around,” she said. After two days, “I really started turning the corner. I was showering, eating, playing with my son.

Similar studies have been conducted in the U.S., including a longitudinal analysis published in 2019 of transgender youth in the Midwest receiving gender affirming hormone treatment. The research showed that after treatment, the participants demonstrated both an increase in general wellbeing and a decrease in suicidal thoughts.

Some lawmakers have expressed concern about transgender children and teens changing their minds as they grow older and regretting their decision to transition. These concerns should be addressed by ensuring that these youth have access to treatment providers who follow best practices of gender-affirming care, which includes providing the information needed for the youth and their parents to make the decision they determine to be in the best interests of the youth. From this approach, medical providers can empower families through information and evidence-based care.

Elliot Page said getting top surgery was "freeing" in his first interview with Oprah since coming out as trans

  Elliot Page said getting top surgery was The actor opened up about top surgery, a common procedure for trans people that removes breast tissue for a more masculine look.Page told Oprah Winfrey that his gender dysphoria - or acute distress that occurs when a person's gender does not align with their body - was awful between the time he filmed "Juno" and "Inception.

As work in this area of study continues, we may see contradictory findings. This is common in science. That's why researchers who study transgender issues, like scientists in every field, look at the evidence, replicate studies and continue a robust scholarly debate.

The American Psychological Association (APA), where I serve as president, calls on the sponsors of these anti-transgender bills to review the existing body of psychological research in this area and refrain from introducing legislation that has been shown to harm their young constituents. My organization and other major mental health and medical organizations are prepared to meet with legislators and share the science on the issue.

Rather than trying to control the lives of transgender kids through legislation, state lawmakers should introduce bills banning discrimination against transgender people. Currently, only 20 states and the District of Columbia have laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

We also need Congress to act. This year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination based on characteristics including gender identity. APA calls on the U.S. Senate to pass this legislation and send it to President Biden for his signature.

We all want to help our youth grow into strong, happy and resilient adults. That's why we should base our policies on good science while also listening to the young people, and their families, who are affected by these decisions.

Jennifer F. Kelly is president of the American Psychological Association.

US hits new record for transgender killings. Puerto Rico is the epicenter of the violence. .
Puerto Rico has the highest transgender murder rate in the nation as the U.S. is grappling with record trans violence and new debates on LGBTQ rights.That’s what Kimberly Vasquez Arciliares remembers most about Penélope Díaz Ramírez, with whom she often shared the drag stage in San Juan. After shows, the two would hit the clubs and chatter about life, comparing the clinics they’d visit for hormone treatments as transgender women in Puerto Rico.

usr: 1
This is interesting!