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Lisa Jarvis

Trans Teens Benefit From Gender-Affirming Care

A new study — the largest in the US to date — confirms earlier research on the benefits of hormone therapy.

In the spotlight.

In the spotlight.

Photographer: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

In the largest study of its kind in the US, researchers found that gender-affirming hormones have a positive effect on transgender teens’ mental health: The more trans teens’ appearance aligned with their gender identity, the more satisfied they were in life and the less depressed and anxious they felt.

The study, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, should be seen as an important scientific counterpoint to the relentless political attacks on the rights of trans youth.