Johns Hopkins Shrinks Warn Against Kids Going Transgender
Bob Unruh, WND Study authors Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh study: A major new study of sexuality and gender by two of the top experts in the field at Johns Hopkins University finds there’s little scientific evidence for the “born that way” theory, nor is gender identity “an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex.”
But the authors, Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul McHugh, expressed alarm at the developing trend in the United States of parents declaring their child to be transgendered and subjecting the child to hormone treatments, behavioral adjustments and even surgery.
Mayer is a scholar-in-residence in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University.
McHugh is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was for 25 years the psychiatrist in chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Children who express any identification of the opposite gender almost always leave those expressions behind as they grow, the scholars argue.
Both authors looked at hundreds of peer-reviewed studies across fields of epidemiology, genetics, endocrinology, psychiatry, neuroscience, embryology and pediatrics.
They found claims that people are “born that way” are unsupported by science, gender is not necessarily a “fixed human property,” “only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood” and “non-heterosexual and transgender subpopulations have higher rates of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), compared to the general population.”
The study was the second time President Obama’s pro-transgender agenda has been hit with a double-whammy in one day. Just hours earlier, a federal judge in Texas ordered a suspension nationwide of Obama’s mandate that public schools accommodate all transgender students by letting people use the restroom and shower room of the gender with which they “identify.”
The first double hit came earlier this month, when the Supreme Court halted an order that a school district let a girl use the boys’ shower room, and a Florida pastor suggested a plan for parents of non-transgender students to protect their children.
The U.S. Supreme Court order temporarily blocked a ruling allowing a high-school student in Virginia to use the facilities for the opposite sex until the high court decides whether it will take the case.
One key factor that deserves study is the “increased rates of mental health problems in the LGBT subpopulations.” Also in the study were discussions regarding whether genes and hormones are associated with sexual behaviors; the concept that “sexual orientation may be quite fluid over the life course for some people, with one study estimating that as many as 80 percent of male adolescents who report same-sex attractions no longer do so as adults”; a possible link between childhood sexual abuse and non-heterosexuality, the higher risk of depression, substance abuse and risk of suicide among those who are “non-heterosexual”; and the fact that adults who have sex-reassignment surgery remain discontent.
One study found that, compared to controls, sex-reassigned individuals were about five times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more like to die by suicide, the report said.