Hormone therapy improves mental health for trans youth
Researchers tracked 315 trans and non-binary young people in what is reportedly the largest study in the U.S. to date.
The study is reportedly the largest in the U.S. to date. Over the course of two years, researchers tracked 315 trans and non-binary young people between the ages of 12 and 20 receiving hormone therapy. According to a summary of the research, “During the study period, appearance congruence (alignment between gender identity and physical appearance), positive affect, and life satisfaction increased, and depression and anxiety symptoms decreased.”
Why Jon Stewart’s Humiliation of an Anti-Trans Official Is So Important
Jon Stewart: Comedian. Political commentator. Liberal conscience of a nation (in the W. Bush era). Resistance™ hero. Occasional transphobic joke-maker. That guy from The Daily Show is back, and he’s got something new for East Coast liberal elites to pat themselves on the back over: On his new season of The Problem With Jon Stewart, the host aims his signature blend of jokey entertainment and substantive politics discussion at the topic of youth transgender health care.
Rapid response: Live coverage of Florida Board of Medicine 28 October 2022 anti-trans rulemaking meeting (raw)
On October 28, 2022, the Florida Board of Medicine and Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine held a joint meeting to advance a politically-motivated ban on any medical transition treatment for youth under 18, including puberty blockers, HRT or surgeries, outside of yet-to-be-defined exceptions for “clinical trials”. This illegitimate process, featuring invited far-right experts with religious precommitments to transphobia and a DeSantis appointee on the Board working in secret with anti-trans groups SEGM and Genspect, is also the first time this medical transition care for youth has been banned at the state level by executive action rather than a legislative act.
Fertility preservation counseling needed for transgender men
There are no standards on comprehensive counseling for transgender men on how to preserve their fertility while undergoing gender-affirming medical procedures, according to a new Rutgers study.
How Florida Twisted Science to Deny Healthcare to Trans Kids
VICE News spoke to 10 researchers who weren’t aware their work was being used for Florida’s anti-trans agenda—and said it’s being misrepresented.
“NO, this is NOT an appropriate use of our work. This does not mean denying transgender youth and certainly not gender-affirming care!”
Florida medical board to weigh blocking treatments for transgender youth
The Florida Board of Medicine is slated Friday to consider a proposal by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration to bar physicians from providing treatments such as hormone therapy and puberty-blocking medication to transgender youths.
The state Department of Health last week filed a petition asking the board, which regulates medical doctors, to start a rule-making process on the contentious issue. The move came as the state Agency for Health Care Administration also plans to prevent the Medicaid program from covering such treatments for gender dysphoria.
The petition, which is on the agenda for a Board of Medicine meeting in Broward County, proposes what is known as a “standard of care” that would prohibit patients under age 18 from receiving sex-reassignment surgery and puberty-blocking, hormone and hormone “antagonist” treatments. It also would require that older patients sign a consent form and then wait 24 hours before starting such treatments.
Exploring Cardiovascular Risk in Transgender Patients
Transgender individuals face numerous health disparities compared to the general population, including elevated rates of HIV, mental illness, and substance use disorder.1 Additionally, various research findings have demonstrated an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) among transgender patients, although results have been mixed across studies.
In a retrospective single-center study published in September 2021 in the American Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Mahowald et al examined CVD prevalence rates and associated comorbidities in transgender women referred to a women’s heart clinic for management of CVD or cardiac risk factors or for preoperative risk assessment in preparation for gender-affirming surgery.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A pioneering study published today in AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine has established transgender reference intervals for common clinical laboratory tests. Reference intervals are essential to high quality medical testing and by determining them for transgender individuals, this research could lead to significant improvements in healthcare for this vulnerable patient population.
What the Science on Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Kids Really Shows
Laws that ban gender-affirming treatment ignore the wealth of research demonstrating its benefits for trans people’s health
Here’s how gender-affirming medical care can impact a transgender adolescent’s fertility
A recent directive from Texas leaders said medical interventions for transgender youths infringe on their right to procreation. Trans health experts say it’s not that simple.
The fertility of transgender youths in Texas was thrust into the spotlight recently after state leaders issued a directive designating gender-affirming care as child abuse that infringed on a person’s “fundamental right to procreation.”