Gender-diverse youth deserve love, acceptance, and high quality healthcare. The practice of routinely providing youth with poorly-evidenced endocrine and surgical "gender affirming" interventions is poised to risk future health and reproductive rights of the 5-10% of young people who currently identify as gender-diverse. Physicians, mental health specialists, social workers, teachers, and other professionals working with youth and their families have a responsibility to help gender-diverse young people thrive, while prioritizing their long-term mental and physical health outcomes.
As a professional who is concerned about young gender-diverse people, the following statements reflect my position:
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