A new major large-scale peer-reviewed study strongly supports the gender-affirming care for trans youth.
It finds, that there is a significant relationship between access to Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy (GAHT) and lower rates of depression and suicidality.
The project studied affirmative care practices amongst transgender and nonbinary youth.
How Gender Affirming Care Works
Reducing Suicidality and Depression In Trans and Non-Binary Youth
Here, they looked at the data of the almost 12,000 transgender or nonbinary youth from a 2020 survey of just under 35,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth aged 13 to 24.
The Trevor Project’s Gender Affirming Care Study on Depression and Suicide for Trans Youth
It Confirms What We Know:
That timely gender-affirming interventions massively improve outcomes for young trans and gender diverse people.
(Trevor Project. 2021)
Gender Affirming Care With Trans and Non Binary Youth: Study Findings
- Half of the transgender and nonbinary youth said they were not using gender-affirming hormone therapy but would like to receive it
- Only 14% of transgender and non-binary youth said were receiving any kind of GAHT
- The use of GAHT was associated with lower odds of the recent depression
- The use of GAHT significantly reduces the odds of transgender and non-binary youth seriously considering suicide in comparison to those who wanted GAHT but did not receive it
- Nearly 80% of those who received GAHT reporting they had at least one parent who supported their gender identity
- The greater proportion of those not receiving GAHT but wanted to were non-binary people.
- Young trans or non-binary people of colour are more likley than their white counterparts not to receive GAHT even though they wanted to receive it
Gender Affirming Care Reduces Gender Dysphoria, Suicidality, and Depression
With this in mind, it’s important to note that person-focused care is paramount. By listening, engaging, and being there for people we can provide the best life experience possible.
This study does a wonderful job of holistically representing the current state and demands of transgender and non-binary healthcare.
In essence, we all must do more to ensure that all aspects of LGBT+ healthcare are inclusive, patient-focused, and destigmatized.