Sexuality

  • One study found that adulthood homosexuality was 8 to 15 times higher for participants with a history of gender variance. Expand
    One study found that adulthood homosexuality was 8 to 15 times higher for participants with a history of gender variance.

    In a 20-year follow-up [1] of children, it was found that adulthood homosexuality was 8 to 15 times higher for participants with a history of gender variance.

    REFERENCES

    [1] Steensma, T.D., van der Ende, J., Verhulst, F.C. & Cohen‐Kettenis, P.T. (2013). Gender Variance in Childhood and Sexual Orientation in Adulthood: A Prospective Study. J Sex Med 10 (11): 2723-2733. [Link]

  • One study showed that, without social transition, nearly two-thirds of pre-teen gender-dysphoric males grow up to be gay or bisexual. Expand
    One study showed that, without social transition, nearly two-thirds of pre-teen gender-dysphoric males grow up to be gay or bisexual.

    A University of Toronto study [1] found that 63.6% of boys with early onset gender dysphoria, who received ‘watchful waiting’ treatment and no pre-pubertal social transition, grew up to be gay or bisexual. 

    Only 12% of the study participants continued to identify as transfeminine. 

    REFERENCES

    [1] Singh, D., Bradley, S.J. & Zucker, K.J. (2021). A Follow-Up Study of Boys With Gender Identity Disorder. Frontiers in Psychology 12. [Link]

  • Young people who desist from a trans identity are disproportionately likely to grow up to be non-heterosexual. Expand
    Young people who desist from a trans identity are disproportionately likely to grow up to be non-heterosexual.

    A Dutch paper [1] notes that, for gender dysphoric children, the more likely psychosexual outcome in adulthood is a homosexual sexual orientation without gender dysphoria.

    Evidence [2] suggests that many boys whose childhood gender dysphoria recedes with puberty will grow up to be bisexual or homosexual. Another study of males [3] indicates that bisexual/homosexual orientation is far greater than base rates in the general male population, with 63.6% of boys with gender identity disorder being same-sex attracted.

    This suggests that a non-heterosexual orientation is particularly likely among gender dysphoric boys.

    REFERENCES

    [1] Wallien, M.S. & Cohen-Kettenis P.T. (2008) Psychosexual outcome of gender-dysphoric children. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 47 (12): 1413-23. [Link]

    [2] Kaltiala-Heino, R., Bergman, H., Työläjärvi, M., & Frisén, L. (2018). Gender dysphoria in adolescence: current perspectives. Adolescent health, medicine and therapeutics 9, 31–41. [Link]

    [3] Singh, D. (2012). A follow-up study of boys with gender identity disorder. Doctoral thesis, University of Toronto. [Link]

  • One study of detransitioners found that a large proportion of them believed, in hindsight, that they were suffering from internalized homophobia. Expand
    One study of detransitioners found that a large proportion of them believed, in hindsight, that they were suffering from internalized homophobia.

    A study of 100 detransitioners [1] found that homophobia or difficulty accepting themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual was expressed by 23.0% as a reason for transition and subsequent detransition.

    In another study of detransitioners and desisters [2] – most of whom were detransitioners who had undergone medical transition – 52% expressed a psychological need for learning to cope with internalized homophobia.

    REFERENCES

    [1] Littman, L. (2021). Individuals Treated for Gender Dysphoria with Medical and/or Surgical Transition Who Subsequently Detransitioned: A Survey of 100 Detransitioners. Arch Sex Behav. [Link]

    [2] Vandenbussche, E. (2021). Detransition-Related Needs and Support: A Cross-Sectional Online Survey. Journal of Homosexuality. [Link]

  • In one study, female detransitioners were three times more likely to be lesbians than to be straight. Expand
    In one study, female detransitioners were three times more likely to be lesbians than to be straight.

    A study [1] of 100 detransitioners, the majority of whom were female, showed that 26.1% of the females were homosexual before they transitioned.

    Only 8.7% considered themselves heterosexual.

    REFERENCES

    [1] Littman, L. (2021). Individuals Treated for Gender Dysphoria with Medical and/or Surgical Transition Who Subsequently Detransitioned: A Survey of 100 Detransitioners. Arch Sex Behav. [Link]

  • In one study of detransitioners, males were three times more likely than females to have transitioned for erotic reasons. Expand
    In one study of detransitioners, males were three times more likely than females to have transitioned for erotic reasons.

    In a study [1] of 100 detransitioners, 38.7% of males identified with the comment “I had erotic reasons for wanting to transition”.

    The figure for females was a third of this, at 13%.

    REFERENCES

    [1] Littman, L. (2021). Individuals Treated for Gender Dysphoria with Medical and/or Surgical Transition Who Subsequently Detransitioned: A Survey of 100 Detransitioners. Arch Sex Behav. [Link]