Think of your most noticeable feature. But whatever it is, for better or worse, it is probably not your most salient feature to the world around you. Gender identity haunts every aspect of our lives, dictating the outcomes of our conversations, our workplaces, our relationships — even our bath products.
In the last 5 years, many clinicians have faced tough questions about how best to serve transgender youth while doing no harm. They are aided in this task by the recent explosion in clinical research on best practices for supporting and treating the transgender community. However, at the same time, the increase in access to gender-affirming hormone therapy and puberty suppressors has led transgender individuals to seek medical transition at younger ages, raising important questions about the risks and benefits of early transition.
Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide. Seven of these state laws were enacted under Republican governors.
Who are the scientists behind the research? What are their lives like? What are the stories of their discoveries, failures, and successes?
The symbol for transgender individuals, center, is flanked by ones for females pink at left and males blue at right. Some transgender researchers say that in recent years they have been feeling more included in the research community. This is part of a Cool Jobs series on the value of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
November 21, Thanks to recent highly politicized, highly publicized pushes to ban transgender people from serving in the military and using the public restroom that matches their gender identity, it may seem like transgender issues have suddenly sprung up out of nowhere. As a historian, I was suspicious of this and was curious in researching to see if there was a history of gender transgression in the United States.
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They delivered a small dose of estrogen and a testosterone blocker and set in motion changes that Harper, who was designated male at birth and raised as a boy, had imagined since childhood. Harper's timing was deliberate—the year-old nationally ranked runner wanted one more race before disrupting her hormones because she knew she'd never run as fast again. The testosterone that courses through a man's body after puberty triggers and maintains a slew of physical changes: Men, whose levels of the hormone are usually some 10 to 15 times those of women, typically have larger muscles, denser bones, and higher fractions of lean body mass than women. That hormone-fueled transformation confers certain athletic advantages, and men on average run faster, lift more weight, and throw harder and farther than women.
January 24, Mismatch between biological sex and gender identity, culminating in its severest form as gender dysphoriahas been ascribed to mental diseasefamily dysfunction and childhood trauma. But accumulating evidence now implies biological factors in establishing gender identityand a role for particular genes.