Paper by Michael Biggs.
This paper was published in January 2022. Michael has done excellent work in this field and I covered his work on puberty blockers in the series on the Tavistock. Below is a paper examining claims about suicidality in trans-identified youth. This paper, by Biggs is forensic in it’s analysis and measured in the conclusions drawn.
Here is the introduction. 4 patients under the care of the U.K Gender Identity Development Service (G.I.Ds) also known simply as the Tavistock.
By now, we are all familiar with the casual deployment, as a debating tactic, of suicide in the trans-identified community. Most of the “research” used to advance this claim is suspect for a number of reasons. The main flaws are the small sample sizes and taking, self-reported, suicide attempts on trust. The latter is dangerous because the “trans” subculture fosters a victim narrative and has created a climate where activists recommend threatening suicide; especially to blackmail parents into medicalising.
However, whilst generally the suicide statistics bandied about by activists should be taken with a pinch of salt, Biggs’ work merits serious consideration. Here Michael estimates the suicide rate at GIDs to be 5.5 times higher than similar demographics but, crucially, far lower than the only other paediatric gender clinic with published data.
Biggs begins by detailing the many times the media /politicians leverage the suicide card to advance the issue of ”Transgender” rights. The more blatant would tell me to my (twitter) face that my “daughter” would kill herself if I did not affirm him as the opposite sex. Having done some investigation into the suicide statistics I had got into the habit of routinely dismissing them as transperbole, but I did become increasingly concerned about suicide rates post transition.
Biggs then takes some time looking at how these statistics gain a life of their own embedding themselves in the trans-narrative. In the UK this tended to be the figure of 48% which I covered in this 👇piece. (That study was based on 13, out of 27 trans-identified people under the age of 24). Biggs quotes a few studies using suicide statistics that look quite alarming. One of them (41%) was widely repeated and played a role in how transgender narratives were discussed and terrified family members.
The 41% figure was covered in an article.
He then references some research which suggests those self-reports were more complex in their origins. Some clarified they had only got to the ”planning” stage or were an attempt to signal they were in need of help, others were signalling their identification with the gay community.
Norman Spack who is a leading proponent of medicating ”trans-children” had this to say: ”The majority of self harmful actions that I see in my clinic are not real suicide attempts”
Statistics on suicide rates after referral to gender clinics are covered by a few studies. As you can see rates are quadruple the rates for their sex. For those who have genital surgeries rates are even more significantly elevated, especially for males.
Looking at adolescent referrals the only comparative study showed 5 suicides, or 2.8% and was the highest suicide rate for the transgender population.
Legally assisted suicide.
Belgium allows legally assisted suicide and one of the people who ended her life was a trans-identified female. You can read about this case here:
This coverage is short on detail. Nathan Verhelst had been born into a family who did not want a girl and had been rejected by her parents. The Gender Industry obliged by giving Nathan a double mastectomy and a phalloplasty. The surgeries left Nathan suicidal. She died by lethal injection at the age of 44. Supporters of voluntary euthanasia were keen to justify how diligent they were screening Nathan for assisted suicide. If only the Gender Clinic had been as diligent screening Nathan for ”transition”.
Co-morbidities in referrals to Gender Clinics
There is a pattern of self-harm and suicidal ideation in referrals to GIDs.
So, it is a confusing picture but we do, fortunately, have mandatory reporting for all serious incidents in the NHS and suicides have to be reported for all referrals to the Tavistock, including those on the waiting lists. Thus we have concrete data which reveals 4 suicides between 2007 and 2020.
Biggs conclusions looked at high rates of autism spectrum disorder in referrals and this group, especially females, have higher rates of suicide. Many of the referrals have competing mental health diagnoses, it could also be the case that the population is skewed in favour of those who had parents motivated to refer because their children exhibited self-harm or suicidal behaviour. This was Biggs, tentative conclusion:
It is crucial to bear in mind the level of completed suicides is 0.03% and reiterate this when politicians bandy about the statistics which claim suicide rates are at epidemic rates. It is also important not to dismiss the reasons people find themselves on this path. Autism, a history of homophobic bullying, eating disorders and experiences of child sexual abuse can all result in a rejection of your sexed body. Children in care are also over-represented at Gender Clinics and at a higher risk of self-harm and suicide. (Article and clip below) 👇
Saddest of all is suicide after parental rejection as with the case of Nathan Verhelst who was taught to reject her female body. Rest In Peace.
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Researching Gender Identity Ideology and it’s impact on society, women’s , sex based rights, and gay rights. Particularly concerned with referrals of gay, autistic and foster kids to Gender Clinics.