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Lisa Jarvis

Trans Kids Don't Have the ‘Regrets’ Republicans Cynically Claim

A new study shows 98% of transgender youth continue with gender-affirming health care. It’s what kids, doctors and families have said all along.

The kids are all right.

The kids are all right.

Photographer: Elizaveta Malykhina/AFP/Getty Images/AFP

A new study confirms what experts in transgender medicine have known for years: The overwhelming majority — 98% — of adolescents who begin gender-affirming treatment continue that treatment into adulthood.

The research, published in the prestigious medical journal the Lancet, adds to a large and ever-growing body of evidence that gender-affirming care, a broad term that includes physical and mental health services, is critical health care for transgender youth. That evidence is compelling enough that a laundry list of medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society, have affirmed their support of access to this kind of care.