News, Documentaries, & Journal Articles

This page presents a list of a few select news articles, opinion articles, documentaries, and peer reviewed journal articles relevant to detransition and desistance.

News Articles

Top Trans Doctors Blow the Whistle on ‘Sloppy’ Care

https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/top-trans-doctors-blow-the-whistle

In exclusive interviews, two prominent providers sound off on puberty blockers, ‘affirmative’ care, the inhibition of sexual pleasure, and the suppression of dissent in their field.


‘I will never be able to have sex again. Ever’

https://www.smh.com.au/national/i-will-never-be-able-to-have-sex-again-ever-20090530-br41.html

Three former patients of Australia’s controversial sex-change clinic say misdiagnosis and wrongful surgery destroyed their lives. Jill Stark reports.

The BBC Should Be Ashamed Of Its Reporting On Trans Teenagers – The Spectator:   

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-bbc-should-be-ashamed-of-its-reporting-on-trans-teenagers

Article by James Kirkup, discussing the unethical reporting around suicide and self harm by the BBC.

 

Correction: Study Shows No Evidence That Gender-Affirming Surgery Provides Mental Health Benefits:   

https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2020.1778correction

This is the official correction issued by the American Journal of Psychiatry regarding The Bränström study. The reanalysis of this study has shown no evidence that gender affirming treatment reduces the need for mental health services for trans-identified people.

 

The Detransitioners – Laura Dodsworth:   

https://medium.com/@barereality/the-detransitioners-72a4e01a10f9  

Laura Dodsworth’s photographic series and essay about trans men who have detransitioned.

 

The Detransitioners: They Were Transgender, Until They Weren’t – The Stranger:   

https://www.thestranger.com/features/2017/06/28/25252342/the-detransitioners-they-were-transgender-until-they-werent 

The article explores the debate around transition and detransition. Speaking in depth to two detrans women, Jackie and Cass, this article discusses aspects of transgender identity and some of the motivations people might have for transitioning.

 

Ellie and Nele: From She To He – And Back To She Again – BBC News:   

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-51806011

BBC article on the transition and detransition of two young women, Ellie and Nele. Ellie and Nele have gone on to found Post Trans, a place for detrans woman to tell their stories.

 

Puberty blockers: Under-16s ‘unlikely to be able to give informed consent’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-55144148

BBC report on the UK’s high court decision regarding puberty blockers for underage youth.

 

Study of “Gender Dysphoria” In the Brain Has Long Missed One Possible Cause:   

https://www.inverse.com/article/61374-gender-dysphoria-in-the-brain

This article discusses new findings that point to a possible overlooked cause of gender dysphoria. Stephen Gliske, a researcher at the University of Michigan believes that networks in the brain associated with body-ownership and social behavior might be a possible cause of gender dysphoria. 

 

What are puberty blockers ? – BBC News:

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51034461

Investigative report on puberty blockers and their use by The Gender Identity development Service (Gids).

 

Women Fear Drug They Used To Halt Puberty Led To Health Problems:   

https://khn.org/news/women-fear-drug-they-used-to-halt-puberty-led-to-health-problems/ 

This article discusses possible longterm health effects of puberty suppressing drugs.   

 

When Children Say They’re Trans- The Atlantic:   

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/when-a-child-says-shes-trans/561749/

This article discusses the rise in teenage girls identifying as trans and the possible consequences of medical transition.

 


Opinion Articles

Gender dysphoria and conversion therapy https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/gender-dysphoria-and-conversion-therapy-1.4607915

Orla Ní­ Chomhrá (Letters, June 29th), draws attention to the issue of homophobia and sexism that is driving gender dysphoria in children.

 


I Spent a Year as a Trans Man. Doctors Failed Me at Every Turn. – The Daily Signal

https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/10/07/i-spent-a-year-as-a-trans-man-doctors-failed-me-at-every-turn

Sydney Wright discusses her experience with trans health care.

 

Keira Bell: My Story

https://www.persuasion.community/p/keira-bell-my-story

Kiera Bell, the plaintiff of the groundbreaking Tavistock vs. Bell case, tells of her transition and detransition in her own words.

 

A Different Stripe- Psychology Today:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/201803/different-stripe 

In this essay for Psychology Today, Renee Sullivan, a desisted woman, discusses her journey from trans identification to desistance.

 

Autism, Puberty, and Gender Dysphoria: The View From an Autistic Desisted Woman:            

https://4w.pub/autism-puberty-gender-dysphoria-view-from-an-autistic-desisted-woman/

Written by a young, desisted woman on the autism spectrum, this essay explores trans identification and autism spectrum disorder.

 

Gender Identity Is Hard, But Jumping To Medical Solutions Is Worse- The Economist:

https://www.economist.com/open-future/2019/12/03/gender-identity-is-hard-but-jumping-to-medical-solutions-is-worse  

This article written by Carey Callahan discusses some of the ethical issues around the informed consent model of care for trans identified people.

 

How ‘Science Vs’ Made Two Gender-Dysphoria Errors: A Cautionary Tale In How To Cover A Really Complicated Subject:

https://jessesingal.substack.com/p/how-science-vs-made-two-gender-dysphoria 

In this article Jesse Singal makes a point by point critique of the ‘Science Vs’ Episode on Being Transgender, Part 1. Singal’s article discusses the lack of accurate reporting and in-depth analysis on the topics of gender dysphoria and transgender identity.

 

On Sex And Gender Identity: Perspectives From Biology, Neuroscience, And Philosophy:

https://theelectricagora.com/2020/06/02/on-sex-and-gender-identity-perspectives-from-biology-neuroscience-and-philosophy/  

This essay explores what it means to be male or female, man, or woman. Using philosophical exploration, biological science and political analysis, this essay attempts to shed light on some of today’s hot button issues around gender and sex.


Video News Reports and Documentaries

 

‘Hundreds’ Of Young Trans People Seeking Help To Return To Original Sex – Sky News:

https://news.sky.com/story/hundreds-of-young-trans-people-seeking-help-to-return-to-original-sex-11827740 

The UK’s Sky News reports on the rise in young people detransitioning in the UK.

 

NHS Child Gender Clinic: Staff Welfare Concerns ‘Shut Down’ – BBC Newsnight:               

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51806962 

News report from the BBC discussing the possible unethical treatment of gender dysphoric youth at the Tavistock clinic.

 

Reversing a Gender Transition- The Atlantic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6V0p3_bd6w

This short documentary from the Atlantic tells the story of Carey Callahan, a detransitioned woman.

 

Trans Kids: It’s Time To Talk: 

https://archive.org/details/TransKidsItsTimeToTalkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTRnrp9pXHY

This documentary from the UK discusses child transition. Hosted by Stella O’Malley, a Psychotherapist who in her childhood struggled with her own gender identity. This documentary takes an honest look at the issues around child transition and asks important questions.

 

The Trans Train (Swedish film with English subtitles):

https://www.svtplay.se/video/22035454/uppdrag-granskning/uppdrag-granskning-sasong-20-the-trans-train

News report from Sweden discussing the rise in detransition in that country.


Journal Articles

Hysterectomy alone associated with increased long-term health risks:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180103101142.htm

Study done by Mayo Clinic researchers into the health risk of hysterectomies.

 

Informed Consent for Transgendered Patients- Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0092623X.2018.1518885   

This article explores the history of informed consent and its possible conflicts with ethical principles held by the medical community.

 

Local Effects of Vaginally Administered Estrogen Therapy:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252029/     

This review examines the effects of low estrogen in women and possible treatments. Specifically discussing vaginal atrophy, urinary infections, and incontinence.  This article is relevant to females who have been on testosterone. 

 

One Size Does Not Fit All: In Support of Psychotherapy for Gender Dysphoria- Archives of Sexual Behavior:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10508-020-01844-2 

Letter to the editor discussing the problematic analysis and flawed conclusions of, Turban, Beckwith, Reisner, and Keuroghlian (2020) study titled, “Association between recalled exposure to gender identity conversion efforts and psychological distress and suicide attempts among transgender adults.”. Turban’s widely publicized study used data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Both studies show substantial issues with proper data collection and analysis. Discussed in depth in this letter to the editor, D’Angelo, R., Syrulnik, E., Ayad, S. layout a well formed analysis and critique of Turban’s work.   

 

Ovarian morphology in long‐term androgen‐treated female to male transsexuals. A human model for the study of polycystic ovarian syndrome?

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2559.1991.tb00235.x 

Abstract discussing the effects of androgen on ovarian tissue. Findings show that females who took testosterone suffered damage to their ovaries similar to women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).  This article is relevant to female people who have taken testosterone (ftm).

 

Transgender Medicalization And The Attempt To Evade Psychological Distress:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-5922.12641 

In this paper, the author discusses the possible reasons a person might identify as transgender and seek medical transition to alleviate psychological distress.

 

Virilising Ovarian Tumour In A Woman With An Adrenal Nodule:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3029143/   

A case study of a woman who developed higher then normal levels of testosterone. Documents the negative health outcomes of male levels of testosterone in a female body. This article is relevant to females who have been on testosterone.

 

High-Dose Testosterone Treatment Increases Serotonin Transporter Binding in Transgender People

https://www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com/article/S0006-3223%2814%2900709-4/fulltext

The authors used cross-sex steroid hormone treatment of transsexuals seeking sex reassignment as a model to investigate acute and chronic effects of testosterone and estradiol on serotonin reuptake transporter (SERT) binding in female-to-male and male-to-female transsexuals.