A new study that involves different disciplines, such as neurobiology, psychiatry, social sciences and psychology, has determined that sexual orientation and gender identity are not fixed by our biological nature. The study also claims that parents and doctors should be very cautious when supporting transgender people, especially children, with their sexual modifications due to the grave consequences that such changes cause in the mental and physical health of those patients.
The 144- page article has been published by "Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, an epidemiologist and biostatistician also trained in psychiatry, who is currently a scholar in residence at the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, a renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and educator and former chief of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital." The paper's mains objective is to shed scientific light in the implications and relations between mental health and gender identity.
One of the most lucid discoveries completely dismantle the LGBT paradigm that "we are born that way," which is one of the main arguments the LGBT community uses to obtain same rights as heterosexual people, since they claim their sexuality and gender identity is natural to them. However, other studies have shown that a gender identity or sexual orientation is something that is modeled by the people affected by the circumstances and affections that people receive in their families and societal environment.
Some of the conclusions of the article are:
- "The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings – the idea that people are ‘born that way’ – is not supported by scientific evidence."
- "LGBT individuals are statistically at greater risk of having mental health problems than the general population, the authors say. As a more dramatic example, the rate of lifetime suicide attempts across all ages of transgender individuals is estimated at 41 percent, compared to under 5 percent in the overall US population."
- "There is little scientific evidence for the therapeutic value of interventions that delay puberty or modify the secondary sex characteristics of adolescents, although some children may have improved psychological well-being if they are encouraged and supported in their cross-gender identification. There is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender."
Such study has received many contrary opinions from both the LGBT community and the scientific community because it touches upon very delicate matters in our current social paradigms.
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