Transgender teens’ brains resemble their gender identity, not their biological sex

According to one study, the brain patterns of transgender teens are closer to those brains of who they identify as.



According to the findings of a Belgian neurologist, the brain activity in transgender people is closer to the gender they identify with, not what they’re assigned at birth.

The University of Liege’s Julie Bakker steered research, which measured the MRI scans of 160 transgender teens diagnosed with gender dysphoria against those of comparable age not diagnosed with GD.

The study found that parallels exist between transgender boys and their cisgender counterparts. This also held true for the corresponding transgender/cisgender girls. The researchers hoped that their technique could be used to help transgender children at an earlier age.

In the words of Bakker: “…although more research is needed, we now have evidence that sexual differentiation of the brain differs in young people with GD, as they show functional brain characteristics that are typical of their desired gender…we will then be better equipped to support these young people, instead of just sending them to a psychiatrist and hoping that their distress will disappear spontaneously.”

Massive news.

To be fair, anything that erodes both the assumption and stigma of difference is a grand thing.


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