Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria: Response to a comment.

I was honored to have been able to participate as a guest author on the Blogsite “By Common Consent” to share some of my perspectives and concerns about the experience of being Transgender and Mormon.  Here is the link to that post:


I Am Worried about Jessica.


I also enjoyed the opportunity to respond to the broad range of comments to my post.  One Comment by “Wanda” mentioned Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) and conflated this problematic category with Borderline Personality Disorder.  I attempted to respond, but I think it is too far out from the posting time to allow a comment to be moderated if it is too long or contains too many links.  I so appreciate the BCC admin staff, and understand their logistical constraints, but I also feel constrained to not leave the Original Post comment thread without some sort of response to Wanda:

Response to Wanda:  I appreciate you reading the OP and the comment.  I must say that I believe ROGD is not supported as a valid scientifically validated category.  While I think to a great extent socialization can effect the expression of how a transgender person interacts and moves through the world, I do not think it is the primary driver of the phenomenology of actually being transgender.  I myself an an example of how strong socialization imperatives caused me to suppress my comprehension and expression of my identity over decades, ultimately to my detriment overall (See the OP link above).

I have included several links that discuss the serious methodological and selection bias problems with Littman’s “study” that sought to establish ROGD as an actual entity.  It is interesting to note that with the vigorous feedback provided by concerned reviewers, Littman has since modified the scope of her study as being “exploratory” from the original rather definitive tone.  Here are the links:


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There Is No Evidence That Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria Exists




Thank you,  Lona.

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5 thoughts on “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria: Response to a comment.

  1. Therisa Godwaldt

    Lona, I’m not surprised that this type of pseudo scientific research is being unleashed, on an unsuspecting public. Given, we still have to deal with transphobic psychiatrists, when being accessed for mental health needs, as a result of transphobic activities, from certain elements of society.

    Only wish, as a young child, I could’ve this level of support, during the 1970s and 1980s. Instead of, being forced to hide myself, from the physical and mental transphobia, I bore in silence.

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