Bonus Interview: Youth-Gender Clinician Dr. Erica Anderson On Assessment, The Culture Wars, And Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria


March 9th, 2021

1 hr 25 mins 22 secs

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About this Episode

In a bonus interview episode, Jesse interviews Dr. Erica Anderson, a trans woman and Bay-Area-based gender clinician with years of experience working with transgender and gender nonconforming youth. The two discuss the white-hot debate over trans kids, including what comprehensive, compassionate assessment looks like in this field, how clinicians decide when a young person is ready for puberty blockers and/or hormones, and the controversial concept of "rapid-onset gender dysphoria."

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Show notes/Links:

Jesse's long article in The Atlantic about youth gender dysphoria:

Dr. Erica Anderson's website:

Her Tretter Transgender Oral History Project video:

A Washington Post article quoting Dr. Anderson on the 'trendiness' aspect:

Jesse's newsletter quoting her on the folly of laws banning youth transition, but also the importance of comprehensive, competent care for TGNC youth:

There's an insane amount of misinformation on this subject:

Lisa Littman's rapid onset gender dysphoria study:

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care:

"In Which I Fail to Find You Any Gate-keeping" by Carey Callahan, a detransitioner:

"Gender identity is hard but jumping to medical solutions is worse" by Callahan: