Gender dysphoria

What YouTube Influencers Are Telling Your Kids About Trans Identity and Doubt

Ever felt “a sense of misalignment, disconnect, or estrangement from your own emotions”? How about “knowing you’re somehow different from everyone else, and wishing you could be normal like them”? Did you experience “a notable escalation in the severity of these symptoms during puberty”? If so, you just might be trans! Or at least that’s what …

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The Current State of Paediatric Gender Dysphoria in Australia

The Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Services (also known as GIDS) has closed at last. Australian Genspect parents  are very pleased  for our colleagues in the UK, and hope that the recommendations of The Cass Review will be followed properly, and that gender questioning young people in the UK  will now have access to proper, comprehensive …

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The ‘Failed’ Boy

What do we mean when we refer to internalized homophobia? With their scientific-sounding names, many diagnostic terms with Greek or Latinate roots give the impression, often-misleading, that they refer to specific and well-understood phenomena. Take Gender dysphoria, for example. By now, most consumers of popular media can recite a rough definition they’ve repeatedly heard, and …

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An Open Letter to Pediatric Gender Clinics

The world’s largest pediatric gender clinic, the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in the UK, is being shut down due to fears over patient safety. This announcement follows numerous serious concerns regarding patient safety in recent years with regards to the gender affirmative model of care, including concerns …

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Bill Maher Showed You the Tip of the Iceberg

The HBO television show Real Time with Bill Maher, hosted by American comedian and political commentator Bill Maher, recently aired a segment on the rise of trans-identification among young people. The segment, which can be viewed here, is a great introduction for people who might not have seen much about this topic. His monologue was …

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Conversion Therapy: Not Yet Out of the Woods

On 10th May 2022, the long-anticipated Queen’s Speech took place, setting out the government’s legislative agenda for the coming parliamentary session. Ears were out on stalks to hear what would be said regarding the ban on ‘conversion therapy’, following a number of alleged U-turns on the part of the government as to whether ‘gender identity’ would …

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The timeline of a blunder: How Irish politician Mick Barry got it so wrong

Click here to listen for yourself to the clip mentioned in this piece (between the 5- and 10-minute marks). One of the big challenges faced by those of us concerned about the medicalisation of young people’s gender identities is the ignorance of politicians. Sometimes, these public figures are simply well-meaning people who don’t know the …

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Does the Affirmative Care Model Protect Kids and Families?  A Comprehensive Review

By Genspect guest author Lynn Chadwick. See here for the references cited in this article. In a recent sweeping review, authors Steven B. Levine, E. Abbruzzese and Julia M. Mason have outlined concerns broadly experienced by the parents of gender questioning children, youth, and young adults.  They describe the parent experience as follows: The poor …

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A response to openDemocracy: In defence of a gender-rational approach

Yesterday, we received an email asking us for comment on a piece in a UK outlet called openDemocracy. The piece made a number of allegations, and we intend to reply to these in full. Here is our response. Dear openDemocracy, Thank you for getting in touch. We are happy to comment on your piece, and …

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Besides twitching teens, what else is social media producing? 

Written by Genspect parent Lynn Chadwick. As previously reported by Genspect, clinicians are seeing a sharp increase in young patients with previously rare psychological conditions.  The common thread seems to be social media.  In a new article in The Atlantic, The Twitching Generation: Around the world, doctors have noticed teenage patients reporting the sudden onset …

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