Gender Identity Issues in Children and Adolescents

Gender dysphoria (GD) of childhood describes a psychological condition in which children experience a marked incongruence between their experienced gender and the gender associated with their biological sex. When this occurs in the pre-pubertal child, GD resolves in the vast majority of patients by late adolescence. Currently, there is a vigorous debate among physicians, therapists, and academics regarding what is fast becoming the new treatment standard for GD in children. This new paradigm is rooted in the assumption that GD is innate, but a review of the current literature suggests that this claim is founded upon an unscientific gender ideology and lacks an evidence base.  The following resources are presented to clarify this matter.

Gender Ideology Harms ChildrenPress Release January 2017 – information updated September 2017

A summary in Spanish: La ideología de género perjudican a los niños

Gender Dysphoria in Children. Position Statement by the College (Fully referenced)

Spanish version: La disforia de género en menores de edad

Physician Groups Join ACPeds in Protest of Gender Ideology:

College President speaks on Transgender Ideology: Article published in Daily Signal July 2017

Gender Identity in Children: Science, Medical Ethics & Controversy – Dr. Cretella’s Video Power Point presentation

Gender Dysphoria in Children: Understanding the Science and Medicine – October 2017 Panel discussion at The Heritage Foundation

Further Objections to Normalizing Gender Ideology:


A Woman’s Place takes nerves of steel (Sheffield, 20th September 2018) Michele Moore
“Professor Michele Moore is an expert in Inclusive Education and Disability Studies. She leads human rights projects across the world to support children, their families and those who work with them. She is the Co-Editor of the ground-breaking book Transgender Children and Young People, Born in Your Own Body from Cambridge Scholars. Michele will be discussing ideas from the book – the implications of self-declaration of gender for children and young people, including disabled children”

For more information visit: Gender Identity Issues in Children and Adolescents – Part 2 

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