36 Psychological associations denounce ROGD as having "lack of empirical evidence for its existence"

Updated: Aug 17

The Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science released a statement today denouncing the use of ROGD - consisting of 36 signatories of renowned psychological associations from across America. They stated:

There are no sound empirical studies of ROGD and it has not been subjected to rigorous peer-review processes that are standard for clinical science. Further, there is no evidence that ROGD aligns with the lived experiences of transgender children and adolescents.

In August 2018 we highlighted the research issues surrounding ROGD, calling it a "hoax diagnosis". Despite the transparent inadequacies of the "study", over 100 bills under consideration in legislative bodies across America sought to limit the rights of transgender adolescents, many of which were predicated on the unsupported claims advanced by ROGD. Julia Serano - a transsexual author and scientist highlighted that ROGD is not the only myth to have been perpetrated on the back of prejudice and lack of scientific rigor, saying that "this is great, but now let's do one for autogynephilia – its taxonomy & etiology have long been disproved, and nowadays it's mostly touted by the *exact same people* who promote ROGD & for the same reason: to suggest that many trans women aren't "really trans". Furthermore, she says, unlike ROGD, autogynephilia/AGP is also used to smear trans women as "heterosexual men with a sexual fetish", which anti-trans campaigners now use in concert with their "trans bathroom predator" memes. CAAPS, in their statement, asserted that prejudice against trans people is the guiding force behind such false diagnoses stating "The available research is clear that transgender people are subjected to marginalization, stigmatization, and minority stress, which have significant detrimental effects on health and well-being. Terms such as ROGD, that further stigmatize and limit access to gender-affirming and evidence-based care violate the principles upon which CAAPS was founded and public trust in clinical science."

Signatories included: The American Psychological Association (APA)

The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), American Psychological Association, Division 53 The American Psychiatric Association


The Society for Research in Child Development

Unsurprisingly, the renowned UK anti-trans psychotherapist Robert Withers, who was discredited by his own regulating body for professional misconduct cited ROGD in his 2020 fabrication "Transgender medicalization and the attempt to evade psychological distress". If one cites thoroughly discredited pseudo-science in papers, it reflects the true caliber of the quack "science" such psychoanalysts produce.

Further reading:

A critical commentary on ‘rapid-onset gender dysphoria'.

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