Hi, Mx. Marie Chase Lewis (They/She) — great to hear from you! I hear what you’re saying on HRT — is this the part from my article that you’re referring to where you said there’s a mistake?

The whole topic of gender dysphoria can be somewhat of a slippery slope since it’s not the one definitive thing that makes a person trans. But it is, generally, a required medical diagnosis for those who intend to seek gender confirmation/transition through any number of medical options and/or hormonal suppressors and supplements.

If so, what I should’ve made clear was, when I referred to “hormonal suppressors and supplements,” I was referring to puberty blockers and cross sex hormones for trans youth/teens — not trans adults. I don’t know any credible doctor/endocrinologist who would prescribe puberty blockers for a trans child if there was no underlying diagnosis of gender dysphoria. So I was really only referring to trans youth who may want to transition further with time. That’s kind of my only vantage point right now since I have a trans teen and not a trans adult ;-) But, I can see how what I meant doesn’t come across. I should’ve worded it maybe something more like this:

The whole topic of gender dysphoria can be somewhat of a slippery slope since it’s not the one definitive things that makes a person trans. But it is, generally, a required medical diagnosis for trans youth who intend to eventually seek gender confirmation/transition through any number of medical options and/or hormonal suppressors (like puberty blockers), or later, hormonal supplements.

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