NBC News Investigates Consequences Of Stigma For Transgender Youth

This weekend, Dateline NBC profiled the challenges faced by transgender youth, including frightfully high rates of depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. Below are two web-exclusive clips from the report. In the first, Dr. Norman Spack, an endocrinologist at Chidren’s Hospital in Boston, discusses how he helps trans youth delay the onset of puberty to give them time to fully explore their gender identity as they mature. He points out that many youth who question their may end up identifying with their birth sex, but some will continue to identify as trans, and it’s important to help them fulfill their transition. The other clip follows nine-year-old Josie Romero to the doctor with her mother where they discuss blocking the onset of her male puberty: