Preamble

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Transgender people who are rejected by their families or lack social support are much more likely to both consider suicide, and to attempt it. Conversely, those with strong support were 82% less likely to attempt suicide than those without support, according to one recent study. Another study showed that transgender youth whose parents reject their gender identity are 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than transgender youth who are supported by their parents.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has addressed the issue of suicide in LGBT populations, and reached the same conclusions on the actual causes of suicide in the transgender community:

“Suicidal behaviors in LGBT populations appear to be related to “minority stress”, which stems from the cultural and social prejudice attached to minority sexual orientation and gender identity. This stress includes individual experiences of prejudice or discrimination, such as family rejection, harassment, bullying, violence, and victimization. Increasingly recognized as an aspect of minority stress is “institutional discrimination” resulting from laws and public policies that create inequities or omit LGBT people from benefits and protections afforded others. Individual and institutional discrimination have been found to be associated with social isolation, low self-esteem, negative sexual/gender identity, and depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. These negative outcomes, rather than minority sexual orientation or gender identity per se, appear to be the key risk factors for LGBT suicidal ideation and behavior.”

This doesn’t change the fact that people who push for discrimination against transgender misuse studies, and use “experts“ who are proponents of reparative therapy for all LGBT people, and haven’t seen a transgender patient in 35 years. Their so-called logic is that if people weren’t transgender and didn’t transition, they wouldn’t commit suicide. This is the intellectual equivalent of suggesting we should prevent rape by making women wear burqas, chastity belts, and never letting them leave the house.

Their pray-away-the-trans “solutions” to bringing down the suicide rate in the transgender community are almost a guarantee of more suicides. Studies show religious counseling increases the suicide rate in LGB people. Reparative therapy has never been demonstrated to be successful on transgender people, isn’t approved by any psychological organization, has no guidelines on how to conduct it, and no standard metrics of success.

In other words, any attempt to suggest that the solution to the problem of suicide in the transgender community is to stop being transgender is nothing more than chaff. These individuals are more interested in enforcing their brand of Biblical morality on society than the actual well-being of transgender people.

Assertions

Hormone Replacement Therapy is an effective treatment of Gender Dysphoria

There are several in this list which do not match the assertion. I know: It’s pending reorganization and I’ve not got round to it yet.

List of papers

  1. Trans suicide fact sheet gives easily digestible facts on trans suicide and how transition reduces it and cites each claim with peer-reviewed studies.
  2. Trends in suicide death risk in transgender people: results from the Amsterdam Cohort of Gender Dysphoria study (1972-2017) - PubMed [pdf]
  3. Family Rejection, Social Isolation, and Loneliness as Predictors of Negative Health Outcomes (Depression, Suicidal Ideation, and Sexual Risk Behavior) Among Thai Male-to-Female Transgender Adolescents: Journal of LGBT Youth: Vol 11, No 4 [pdf]
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  7. Attempted suicide among transgender persons: The influence of gender-based discrimination and victimization - PubMed [pdf]
  8. The Truth About Transgender Suicide | HuffPost
  9. Sting reveals anti-trans job bias [pdf]
  10. Psychiatric impact of gender-related abuse across the life course of male-to-female transgender persons - PubMed [pdf]
  11. Suicide Thoughts and Attempts Among Transgender Adults – Williams Institute [pdf]
  12. Quality of life of individuals with and without facial feminization surgery or gender reassignment surgery - PubMed [pdf]
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  14. Suicide Thoughts and Attempts Among Transgender Adults – Williams Institute [pdf]
  15. Individual- and Structural-Level Risk Factors for Suicide Attempts Among Transgender Adults: Behavioral Medicine: Vol 41, No 3 [pdf]
  16. A Systematic Review of the Effects of Hormone Therapy on Psychological Functioning and Quality of Life in Transgender Individuals | Transgender Health [pdf]
  17. Satisfaction With Male-to-Female Gender Reassignment Surgery (21.11.2014) [pdf]
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  27. Quality of life of individuals with and without facial feminization surgery or gender reassignment surgery | SpringerLink [pdf]
  28. Determinants of quality of life in Spanish transsexuals attending a gender unit before genital sex reassignment surgery | SpringerLink [pdf]
  29. Societal Implications of Health Insurance Coverage for Medically Necessary Services in the U.S. Transgender Population: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis | SpringerLink [pdf]
  30. Quality of life and hormones after sex reassignment surgery | SpringerLink [pdf]
  31. Transgender patient satisfaction following reduction mammaplasty - Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery [pdf]
  32. Psychological Outcomes and Reproductive Issues Among Gender Dysphoric Individuals - ScienceDirect [pdf]
  33. Hormone-treated transsexuals report less social distress, anxiety and depression - ScienceDirect [pdf]
  34. Transsexual patients' psychiatric comorbidity and positive effect of cross-sex hormonal treatment on mental health: Results from a longitudinal study - ScienceDirect [pdf]
  35. Long-term follow-up: psychosocial outcome of Belgian transsexuals after sex reassignment surgery - ScienceDirect [pdf]
  36. Study of quality of life for transsexuals after hormonal and surgical reassignment - ScienceDirect [pdf]
  37. The Reported Sex and Surgery Satisfactions of 28 Postoperative Male-to-Female Transsexual Patients | SpringerLink [pdf]
  38. Factors Associated with Satisfaction or Regret Following Male-to-Female Sex Reassignment Surgery | SpringerLink [pdf]
  39. Care of Transsexual Persons | NEJM [pdf]
  40. A Prospective Study on Sexual Function and Mood in Female-to-Male Transsexuals During Testosterone Administration and After Sex Reassignment Surgery: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy: Vol 39, No 4 [pdf]
  41. Full article: Surgical Satisfaction, Quality of Life, and Their Association After Gender-Affirming Surgery: A Follow-up Study [pdf]
  42. Outcomes of Treatment for Gender Dysphoria: Journal of Sex Education and Therapy: Vol 24, No 3 [pdf]
  43. Anxiety and depression in males experiencing gender dysphoria: Sexual and Relationship Therapy: Vol 22, No 1 [pdf]
  44. Psychological functions in male-to-female transsexual people before and after surgery: Sexual and Relationship Therapy: Vol 23, No 2 [pdf]
  45. Transsexualism: Treatment Outcome of Compliant and Noncompliant Patients: International Journal of Transgenderism: Vol 13, No 1 [pdf]
  46. Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender-Nonconforming People, Version 7: International Journal of Transgenderism: Vol 13, No 4 [pdf]
  47. Gender-Related Victimization, Perceived Social Support, and Predictors of Depression Among Transgender Australians: International Journal of Transgenderism: Vol 15, No 1 [pdf]
  48. Medical Treatment of Subjects with Gender Identity Disorder: The Experience in an Italian Public Health Center: International Journal of Transgenderism: Vol 15, No 2 [pdf]
  49. Effects of Testosterone Treatment and Chest Reconstruction Surgery on Mental Health and Sexuality in Female-To-Male Transgender People: International Journal of Sexual Health: Vol 26, No 2 [pdf]
  50. Patient Satisfaction with Breasts and Psychosocial, Sexual,… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery [pdf]
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  53. Hormonal Therapy Is Associated With Better Self-esteem, Mood… : The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease [pdf]
  54. Suicide risk in the UK trans population and the role of gender transition in decreasing suicidal ideation and suicide attempt | Emerald Insight [pdf]
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  57. Transgender Emotional and Coping Processes: Facilitative and Avoidant Coping Throughout Gender Transitioning - Stephanie L. Budge, Sabra L. Katz-Wise, Esther N. Tebbe, Kimberly A. S. Howard, Carrie L. Schneider, Adriana Rodriguez, 2013 [pdf]
  58. Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual Persons:An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline | The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism | Oxford Academic [pdf]
  59. Regrets After Sex Reassignment Surgery: Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality: Vol 5, No 4 [pdf]
  60. The effect of cross-sex hormonal treatment on gender dysphoria individ | NDT [pdf]
  61. Long Term Follow up After Sex Reassignment Surgery: Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery: Vol 31, No 1 [pdf]
  62. Long-term follow-up of individuals undergoing sex reassignment surgery: Psychiatric morbidity and mortality: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry: Vol 70, No 4 [pdf]
  63. The Effects of Hormonal Gender Affirmation Treatment on Mental Health in Female-to-Male Transsexuals: Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health: Vol 15, No 3 [pdf]
  64. Surgical Treatment of Gender Dysphoria in Adults and Adolescents: Recent Developments, Effectiveness, and Challenges: Annual Review of Sex Research: Vol 18, No 1 [pdf]
  65. Role of body dissatisfaction in the onset and maintenance of eating pathology: A synthesis of research findings - ScienceDirect [pdf]