That article is a complete load of crap in virtually every area.
Red flag people, if someone quotes those transphobes (and anti-gay) Green or Blanchard or Zucker you know it is nonsense. Add in deliberate misquoting of the Swedish study, which the author herself has publicly objected to (the actual results are the opposite of what is claimed), and you have the usual ‘concern troll’ transphobic article.
Take this piffle: "Although transsexualism (defined as those who want to change or do change their body) is very rare — a recent meta-analysis estimated the prevalence at about 5 per 100,000 "
A recent US survey (Pews Research) showed about 0.6% of the US population was transgender. The New Zealand schoolkid survey showed 1.2% identified as trans, and a third (0.4%) had already come out in their school years.
The endless 'Desistance Myth" ..that 'most trans kids grow out of it' ...that is one of the worst and most untrue Trans Myths around.
It came from comparing apples to oranges, that is gender nonconforming behaviour (GNC) and gender dysphoria (GD). They took (Zucker did the same) GNC and GD kids, with the majority being just GNC with no trans symptoms whatsoever (in Zuckers case 70% he 'treated' were just GNC).
Well of course they didn't grow up transgender...they never were in the first place. The analogy would be to take a bunch of people with no cancer, give them treatments and then claim they cured their cancer.
What matters is the level; of GD. Remember GD is the level of emotional distress at not being able to be your true gender, it goes away after transition and the younger you transition the better the results.
Even Zucker stated that if you have GD at the start of puberty you will never change.
High GD pre pubescent kids never grow out of it and will transition or die.
Of the low GD kids only a small number might ever transition and some will become non-binary. Of those in-between many will transition others will pick up some sort of non-binary identity (such as crossdreaming).
It has little to do with GNC behaviour, that is another myth. Though all trans kids will show some GNC traits they are not all stereotypical and show the same range of gender behaviour as their true gender peers. So just as only some cis girls are very ‘girly’ but many are not, the same happens with trans girls. Ditto for trans boys.
Take me, I had very strong physically based gender dysphroia as a kid but I wasn’t that into dolls…I loved science fiction…like a lot of cis girls, many of who have no time for dolls.
Internal gender identity forms around 2-4 (at the same as being able to pick others gender) it is as powerful and unchangeable as sexual orientation, once formed it does not change..
Based on Zucker's own stated numbers 67% of the pre pubescent kids with GD he saw and performed gay/trans conversion therapy on (they are the same techniques) still had GD at puberty… We don’t know, because he never did follow up studies, how many hid ‘in the closet’ to stop being abused and came out later…or how many killed themselves.
Given that GD varies and that someone with moderate GD might or might not later transition (though may express a non-binary identity), while whose with strong GD would nearly always transition, then they had a lot of kids that showed 100% (or close to it) persistence. Which he knew, his own research showed that…. Zucker endlessly contradicts himself between his public statements and his published research.
Someone here said that intersex people accept their assigned gender ...nope, the doctors get it wrong often...but they don't like to talk about that.
Go and see the intersex organisations sites and read what they say and why they want the ending of surgery (etc) on intersex babies until they are old enough to determine what they want, to stop the tragic mistakes so often made.. So ALL the intersex organisations disagree with that statement..