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    Andrew Thurston is originally from England, but has grown to appreciate the serial comma and the Red Sox, while keeping his accent (mostly) and love of West Ham United. He joined BU in 2007, and is the editor of the University’s research news site, The Brink; he was formerly director of alumni publications. Before joining BU, he edited consumer and business magazines, including for corporations, nonprofits, and the UK government. His work has won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the In-House Agency Forum, Folio:, and the British Association of Communicators in Business. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in English and related literature from the University of York. Profile

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There are 4 comments on How Will Anti-Trans Laws Impact Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth Mental Health?

  1. I don’t see how or why “peer and school supports” can be considered preferable to strategies to strengthen the parent-child bond and relationship as a means of working through these tragic circumstances, Parents need to be fully supported in this effort, not ignored or side-stepped.

  2. Sorry for asking a seemingly stupid question. The assumption in the article is that laws curtailing medical intervention for kids is automatically “anti-trans”.

    So please help me understand: take the laws in some of the red states that prevents minors from being given say puberty blockers or surgery. Even if one disagrees with that position it doesn’t seem like it is crazy or hateful to suggest that minors can’t consent to such medical intervention (just like they can’t consent to so many other things that are our society agrees should be reserved for adults only).

    Even if you disagree surely it is not crazy or hateful to suggest that such medical intervention might very well be life altering (there’s some evidence for this although not conclusive), that we have very little knowledge about the long term effects (we don’t have conclusive science on this), and we have conflicting evidence SOME of which suggests that medical intervention for SOME kids is harmful.

    Even if you disagree surely it is not crazy or hateful to suggest that the trans phenomena is not well understood and so politicized that it is hard to separate fact from fiction, and that therefore at the very least it is hard to know what is truly in the best interest of the kids. To label laws that slow down gender affirming care (as has been done in at least half a dozen normally progressive European countries) as anti-trans and instead label gender affirming care like it is settled fact seems foolish.

    1. Ask yourself serious questions. Why do you think your view should be turned into a law dismisses the views of parents, caregivers, and medical professionals. Are you knowledgeable about – or even interested in – the perspectives of those transitioning and the medical science that is available to help?

  3. Thanks to Sam for the sensible remarks regarding transgender medical intervention for minors. In early elementary school, for a short time, I wanted to be a boy. Today I fear that such a brief inclination would have caused me to fall prey to this movement to make drastic physical changes. Doesn’t brain research show that youth don’t have fully formed frontal lobes to comprehend long term effects?

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