Some stories require follow-up. How else are we going to know how they are progressing? In December I wrote about the treatment of transkids in A Voice for the Future. I’d written about the issue before that as well.
How are doctors treating these children?
They’re prescribing young GID patients with puberty-blocking drugs until age 16, as recommended in guidelines from the Endocrine Society. Then doctors begin lifelong treatment with sex-changing hormones, while monitoring for potential health risks. The guidelines recommend the aid of mental health professionals throughout the process.
A new study about gender non-conformity has been published and even made its way to the mainstream media (Washington Post, CNN Health, The Week, AP. Two articles about gender-variant behavior are in the March issue of Pediatrics. The Advocate picked up the story, but concentrated on a survey from 2010 about how 41% of transpeople have attempted suicide. They did, however, provide a link to LiveScience, which was helpful.