Evidence for ROGD
From the U.S. Transgender Survey of 2015
Dear PITT community,
Leor Sapir, Lisa Littman and Michael Biggs have recently published a letter to the editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior that will be of interest to PITT parents, TERFs, gender critics and anyone interested in evidence based scientific inquiry.
The letter is in response to the “Age of Realization and Disclosure of Gender Identity Among Transgender Adults” written by Jack Turban, Brett Dolotina, Thomas M Freitag, Dana King and Alex Keuroghlian and published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in June of 2023. In this paper, Turban and his co-authors argue that the U.S. Transgender Survey of 2015 - the largest of its kind to date - contains results that do not support the ROGD hypothesis.
In brief, Turban et al argue that what appears to be a late (adolescent) onset of transgender identity is often just the long-delayed disclosure of a transgender identity formed earlier in life. After noticing problems with this argument, Sapir, Littman and Biggs decided to examine the assumptions and analysis of the USTS data which Turban et al conducted. Sapir’s, Littman’s and Biggs’ suspicions were confirmed. In their analysis of the survey, they found it actually supports the ROGD hypothesis.
Their findings promoted their subsequent Letter to the Editor which has been peer-reviewed. This letter represents a significant development in the ongoing debate over adolescent gender dysphoria. It advances the cause of evidence-based treatment for those suffering from gender dysphoria. And it holds accountable those who purport to use data to advance science when they are, in fact, promoting an ideology.