I did some work and added 19 articles and studies to my reference pages, some of them quite interesting and relevant. I’ll write a short summary later.
In my blog post from 2014-09-13, I linked to a new, high-quality, long-term Dutch study by de Vries et al. about the benefits of puberty suppression for transsexual adolescents. I want to add a link to a nice article called “This is what happens to transgender kids who delay puberty” on the ThinkProgress website.
The article also mentions backlash by some groups and media against treatment for transsexual youth. I have now read well over one thousand scientific studies and articles on transsexualism, and I do not recall a single study with a sufficiently high number of participants that showed negative outcomes of treatment. If there are some, I’d like to hear about it. If I find any, I’ll publish them here, of course.
As more and more data is collected, the case for medical treatment for transsexuals becomes better and better. The volume and quality of evidence that shows hormone treatment helps, being out helps, and sex reassignment surgery helps is persuasive. I’d like to see evidence from the people who argue against this treatment, and then I’d also like to see evidence that other treatments (e.g. psychotherapy) can help transsexuals. This sort of evidence simply doesn’t exist, and that’s what justifies me in calling people opposing transsexual treatment as haters. Remember: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.”
Considering the sort of suffering transsexuals go through and the extremely high suicide rates amongst transgender people, the haters literally have blood on their hands.
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