U.S. taxpayers are officially on the hook for a $400,000 study comparing “gender variant” children with their peers.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine differences between 1,200 children who are either gender variant, “straight cisgender” or cisgender lesbian, gay, and bisexual.
“Although a small body of research, conducted almost entirely with non-probability samples, demonstrates that transgender people experience elevated levels of victimization, suicide involvement, substance use and high risk sexual behaviors compared to cisgender people (i.e., matching biological sex and gender identity), the [Institute of Medicine] specifically notes that research on this population is sorely lacking,” the grant’s abstract reads.
Findings from the study will ideally provide heath care experts with ways to create better “youth-focused educational modules and materials to be used in training programs for health professional students and health care providers in clinical and school settings,” the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.
The project, which started in August 2016, is expected to run until January 2019.
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