New standards of ‘transgender health care’ raise eyebrows

Controversial recommendations on everything from transition to castration

THE ECONOMIST – The latest standards of care by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health on September 15th included a list of minimum ages for treatments—14 for cross-sex hormones, 15 for removal of breasts, 17 for testicles.

Hours later, a “correction” eliminated the age limits. The head of the drafting committee, Eli Coleman, said the publisher went ahead “without approval” before final changes were made.

This only intensified concerns about the document’s “gender-affirming” approach that supports self-diagnosis by adolescents and children.

wpath, based in Illinois, has been the main transgender-health organisation that is looked to for guidance across the world.

Since its views count, critics worry about soc8 saying hormones and surgery should be allowed at even younger ages.

“A new sacred ideology [is] emerging that you cannot criticise”.

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They think this medicalises too many teens who need neither, just therapy. soc8 also says puberty blockers are reversible, a contested claim.

The document does try to find some middle ground. It accepts that other mental-health issues must be dealt with.

But it insists that a systematic review of evidence of outcomes in youth transitioning, called for by critics, is not possible, even though Britain did one … READ MORE. 

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