Reflections on the Debate Concerning the Desistance Rate among Young People with Gender Dysphoria
By Dr. Paul Rhodes Eddy

Over the last several years, a key point of controversy has emerged at the heart of the transgender child phenomenon – namely, the desistance debate. In simple terms, the debate involves this question: Of the children who experience gender dysphoria in their prepubescent years, how many of them will “persist” in this experience such that they eventually transition and/or identify as transgender in adulthood, and how many will “desist” in this experience such that, in adulthood, their sense of gender identity eventually aligns with their natal (birth) sex? The purpose of this essay is to analyze the desistance debate, both within and beyond the polarities of the culture war

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