Groundbreaking Study: Cis and Trans Children Know their Gender at Birth

The first large scale scientific study comparing 3-12yo transgender and cisgender children finds that the two groups are similarly aware of their gender and behave accordingly at the earliest of ages.

The National Academy of Sciences

The first large scale scientific study comparing socially transitioned children and cisgender children ages 3 to 12 finds that the two groups are similarly aware of their gender and behave accordingly. Researchers also found that transgender children continue their transition regardless of acceptance or acknowledgment by parents.

A lie laid to rest.

Ultra right-wing activists, such as the TERFS at Britons ‘Mumsnet’ fearmongering lie that trans children are helpless pawns to a leftist agenda has been laid to rest. Transgender children like their cisgender contemporaries know their gender at the same time.

The new study, as first reported by Medical Daily shows that transgender children pick toys, clothing and friendships associated with their gender the same way the kids who identify as gender matching their sex at birth. Researchers examined the preferences and behaviors of more than 800 children in the U.S.

The transgender children, ages 3 to 12, did not undergo medical procedures before and during the study. Researchers said they were only socially transitioned, changing their pronouns, first names and how they dress and play, Futurity reported Tuesday.

The team observed all participants through interviews with the children and their parents. They looked into their preferences and sense of their own gender identity.

Related breaking: American Medical Association backs nationwide LGBT conversion therapy ban. The leading medical group throws its weight behind ending the discredited practice of trying to change one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.


The study of 812 children “Similarity in transgender and cisgender children’s gender development” as published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,

Significance

Questions of nature and nurture have dominated efforts to understand human gender development. Today’s transgender children provide a unique window into gender development: They have been treated as 2 different genders (1 gender before transition and 1 gender after their social transition) and are the first sizable group of children living as a gender that differs from their assigned sex. As such, their experiences enable insight into gender development that is otherwise not possible. The current study provides the largest report to date of the experiences of these early-transitioning children’s gender development.

Abstract

Gender is one of the central categories organizing children’s social world. Clear patterns of gender development have been well-documented among cisgender children (i.e., children who identify as a gender that is typically associated with their sex assigned at birth). We present a comprehensive study of gender development (e.g., gender identity and gender expression) in a cohort of 3- to 12-y-old transgender children (n = 317) who, in early childhood, are identifying and living as a gender different from their assigned sex. Four primary findings emerged. First, transgender children strongly identify as members of their current gender group and show gender-typed preferences and behaviors that are strongly associated with their current gender, not the gender typically associated with their sex assigned at birth. Second, transgender children’s gender identity (i.e., the gender they feel they are) and gender-typed preferences generally did not differ from 2 comparison groups: cisgender siblings (n = 189) and cisgender controls (n = 316). Third, transgender and cisgender children’s patterns of gender development showed coherence across measures. Finally, we observed minimal or no differences in gender identity or preferences as a function of how long transgender children had lived as their current gender. Our findings suggest that early sex assignment and parental rearing based on that sex assignment do not always define how a child identifies or expresses gender later.


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a United States nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO), created in 1863 by a congressional charter approved by President Abraham Lincoln. NAS is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, along with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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