Gender Dysphoria Affirmative Working Group
A Discussion Space for Medical and Mental Health Professionals, Academics, Researchers, Activists, and Allies Supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth
We are a broad coalition of prominent medical and mental health professionals, academics, researchers, activists, and allies, some trans and others cis, all with expertise in gender and sexuality and troubled by the notion of “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria.” Over the past decade, we have witnessed an increasing number of transgender and gender nonconforming youth and adolescents come out, as well as unprecedented hostility from those attempting to limit acceptance and access to services, a masquerade of 'concern' through misinformation and fear.
Evidence-based affirmative approaches - in which the youth’s self-reported gender is respected and where the youth is provided the safety and freedom to explore their gender and identity without judgment or predetermined outcome - have been demonstrated to improve quality of life, relationship satisfaction, self-esteem and self-confidence, and clearly show reductions in anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, and substance use. Given space and time, these youth discover what level of transition is appropriate for them, if any. Rates of regret are miniscule.
As people intimately involved with the youth in question, we have established this site to discuss the overwhelming evidence that affirmative approaches yield happier and better adjusted children, to confront the untruths propagated by those promoting ROGD, and to make plain that "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria" is a concept contradictory to evidence-based best practices and harmful to vulnerable youth.
Every child is unique, and we hope this information provides help to struggling individuals, families, and allies.
Only when youth are supported can they thrive.
"It is disconcerting that hypothetical cases of transition regret among trans youth continue to receive outsized attention… even as actual observed cases of regret for not transitioning in adolescence appear to be far more common." - Zinnia Jones