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Early transgender identity tends to endure

2022 May 04, 10:10, Austin
Parents of transgender children and other supporters of transgender rights gather in the capitol outdoor rotunda to speak about transgender legislation being considered in the Texas House and Senate, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Austin, Texas. A five-year study published in the journal Pediatrics on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 suggests children who begin identifying as transgender at a young age tend to retain that identity at least throughout childhood. (AP Photo)

Children who begin identifying as transgender at a young age tend to retain that identity at least for several years, a study published Wednesday suggests.

The research involved 317 youngsters who were 3 to 12 years old when they were recruited to the study. Five years later, at the study’s end, 94% were living as transgender and almost two-thirds were using either puberty-blocking medication or sex hormones to medically transition.

Most children in the study were from white, high-income families who supported their transitions. On average, the kids began identifying as transgender at around age 6.

It’s unknown whether similar results would be found among youngsters from less advantaged backgrounds or those who begin identifying as transgender as teenagers. The study was published online in Pediatrics.

Politicians seeking to outlaw or criminalize medical treatment for transgender youth have cited evidence suggesting many change children their minds or “retransition.”


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