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From: BuzzFeed

Transgender Kids Are Not Confused Or Pretending, Study Finds


Transgender children as young as 5 years old respond to psychological gender-association tests just as consistently as children who do not identify as trans, according to a groundbreaking study released this week by researchers at the University of Washington.

“Our results support the notion that transgender children are not confused, delayed, showing gender-atypical responding, pretending, or oppositional,” says the study being published in Psychological Science. “These results provide evidence that, early in development, transgender youths are nearly indistinguishable from cisgender children of the same gender identity.”

Gender Cognition in Transgender Children, noteworthy as the first report from the Trans Youth Project, the country’s first large-scale longitudinal study of transgender kids, concludes, “The data reported in this paper should serve as further evidence that transgender children do indeed exist and that this identity is a deeply held one.”

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Buzzfeed is not a credible source for information. A child doesn’t have the mental capacity or life experience to understand the complexity of this issue.

You’re right, you don’t have to trust Buzzfeed. However, the actual study is out there on the internet, and if your skepticism were actually based on distrust in sensationalist media rather than a clear personal bias, you could have and should have looked up the academic study which was mentioned by name in this article. Forming your opinion on the results of the study based on who reported it without looking into it in further detail is the same as refusing to open your eyes to the possibility of another perspective. Buzzfeed didn’t do the study themselves, after all. If you don’t trust them to report it right, by all means, look for yourself, but until then don’t claim to be a credible source yourself until you provide sources and evidence for your opinion.

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