Trans and GNC Youth
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Trans and GNC Youth

Promoting Healthy Growth & Development for Trans & GNC Youth

Amanda Wilcox / 2021

Support & Acceptance

GNC: Gender Non-conforming

HRT: hormone replacement therapy

Rejection & Restriction

AGAB: assigned gender at birth


-The Trevor Project's National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020,

-Meyer, I. H. (2016). Does an improved social environment for sexual and gender minorities have implications for a new minority stress research agenda? Psychology of Sexualities Review, 7(1), 81-90.

-Hatzenbuehler M.L. (2009). How does sexual minority stigma “get under the skin”? A psychological mediation framework. Psychological Bulletin, 135(5),707–730.

-Price-Feeney, M., Green, A. E., & Dorison, S. (2020). Understanding the mental health of transgender and nonbinary youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66(6), 684-690.

-Durwood L., McLaughlin K.A., & Olson K.R. (2017). Mental health and self-worth in socially transitioned transgender youth. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 56, 116-123

-The Trevor Project, Research Brief: Gender-Affirming Care for Youth, January 2020,

-Medcalf, K., (2019). Dispelling Myths Around Detransition, Stonewall,

Suicide Rates

Forcing Trans/GNC youth to conform to their AGAB has been shown to drastically increase suicide rates for these children. This effect becomes even more apparent the longer it continues.(Trevor Project, 2020.)

Gender Dysphoria

Trans/GNC youth who are not allowed to express their gender identity as they truly want to often experience gender dysphoria - a pervasive feeling of distress at the ingoncruence between one's body/looks and one's gender identity. Prolonged gender dysphoria is linked to an increase in both the occurence and severity of mental health problems, (Price-Feeney, Green, & Dorison, 2020; Hendricks & Testa, 2012).

Anti-Trans Laws

Legislation restricting Trans/GNC children's access to health care, bathrooms, and more in addition to other laws which force Trans/GNC to share their gender identity with their parents/schools against their will have been shown to strongly increase psychological suffering and physical violence against Trans/GNC youth, (Hatzenbuehler 2010).

Mental Health

Allowing children to express their gender identity as they wish & using a Trans/GNC child's chosen name & pronouns

have been shown to have a strong positive impact on the child's overall mental health & can even prevent mental illness as they age, (Durwood et al., 2017; The Trevor Project, 2020).

Medical Transitioning

Very few Trans/GNC children require gender affirmation surgery right away, with the vast majority doing so in adulthood, if at all. However, allowing these children access to puberty blockers and/or HRT has been shown to greatly reduce gender dysphoria and mental illness in Trans/GNC children, (Trevor Project, 2020).


The idea that some children identify as Trans/GNC to be "trendy" is not only harmful, but very innacurate. Much time & thought goes into medically transitioning. While many Trans/GNC youth & adults may try out different labels, pronouns, & even names before they find the best fit for them, less than 1% regret and/or reverse medical transitions later in life, (Metcalf, 2019).

publish time: 2021-04-18

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