Major Journal Caves to Trans Activists, Pulls Study on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria

Ken Meekins | May 26, 2023
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It appears the transgender community wants to hide the truth about why gender dysphoria is rising among youth. 

Springer’s Archives of Sexual Behavior retracted an academic paper on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) after being pressured by transgender activists, according to the Daily Caller

The study found that most youths that believe they have ROGD are more likely to have pre-existing mental health issues and that parents of these children felt pressured by clinics to transition their children to their new gender. The parents also reported that their child’s mental health declined rapidly after they started their transition. 

Springer claimed that they retracted the study because the researchers did not obtain informed consent from the survey’s participants. However, Dr. Michael Bailey, one of the authors of the study, told the Daily Caller that the real reason for the retraction was pressure from transgender activist groups. 

“These were parents concerned about their children, concerned enough to take a not-brief survey about the issues. Why would they do this if they didn’t think the information would somehow be made available?” Bailey rhetorically asked the Daily Caller.

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He also shared a screenshot of the survey given to the parents that said that the results would be used for research. 

The Daily Caller reported:

Hundreds of individuals and five transgender organizations signed a letter May 5 demanding that Springer retract the article and fire Dr. Kenneth Zucker, the editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, and signatories threatened not to work with the journal until both of those actions were taken. One issue raised in the letter, that researchers didn’t obtain informed written consent, was later raised by the journal in communications with Bailey, according to an email reviewed by the DCNF.

The letter raised the issue of not obtaining informed consent from the parents, which was what Bailey was told in internal communications he gave to the Daily Caller. 

“We will no longer submit to the journal, act as peer reviewers, or serve in an editorial capacity until Dr. Zucker is replaced with an editor who has a demonstrated record of integrity on LGBTQ+ matters and, especially, trans matters,” the letter read.

“What’s entirely obvious, based on the people who spearheaded the attack, is that suppressing the idea of ROGD was the primary goal,” Bailey told the Daily Caller. 

Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria is a concept that suggests that the rise in youths with gender dysphoria is powered by social influence and is only a temporary phase and challenges the idea that children must undergo life changing surgeries to adhere to the gender they identify with. Other studies on ROGD have also been canceled by transgender activists. 

It makes sense that transgenderists would want to suppress this truth from the public, because it breaks the entire foundation of their ideology of believing that it's an innate disorder and would take away the reason for them to mutilate children’s bodies.


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