16 Aug Gender Identity Conversion Efforts Have Happened in Every State
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Jack Turban MD MHS
Resident Physician in Psychiatry
The Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital
Harvard Medical School
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Gender identity conversion efforts are attempts by a professional (for example a therapist, counselor, or religious advisor) to make a transgender person cisgender. The practice has been labelled unethical and ineffective by major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association.
Accordingly, many U.S. states have made this practice illegal. Other states, however, have deferred passing bans on gender identity conversion efforts. Some state legislators have argued that such bans are unnecessary because this practice doesn’t occur in their state.
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?
Response: Our study found that this argument is false. It establishes that gender identity conversion efforts have happened in every U.S. state as recently as the period from 2010-2015. It estimates that 13.5% of transgender people in the U.S. have been exposed to gender identity conversion efforts, which amounts to approximately 187,923 people.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Gender identity conversion efforts are more common that we may have thought, and they have happened in every U.S. state as recently as the time period between 2010 and 2015 when our data was collected.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Researchers should more routinely collect information on gender identity and conversion efforts on large national surveys to better refine these estimates and to better understand the scope of this problem.
MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Response: I would like to thank the National Center for Transgender Equality for conducting the 2015 US Transgender Survey and for kindly sharing their data with us. I would also like to thank our full research team at The Fenway Institute, particularly Dana King, Sari Reisner, and senior author Alex Keuroghlian for their work on this project.
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