I write a regular piece in Salvo called the Casualty Report. This reports on recent statistics affecting our culture.

My recent Casualty Report in Issue #45 is on transgenderism. One key statistic is the number of teens who identify as transgender, and then after puberty accept their biological sex. These statistics are from peer reviewed journals or medical organizations. The report also cites the number of gender confirmation surgeries have been done in the past two years, a number that is generally increasing.

However, one thing I could not report was the number of de-transition surgeries. There have been no formal studies on de-transitioning even though the number of these surgeries is also increasing. (I interviewed a man who had transitioned to a woman and then de-transitioned back to a man.)

One reason why no studies have been done might be due to political pressure: A doctor and several other surgeons who perform gender confirmation surgeries noticed an increase in people wanting to de-transition. The doctor wanted to conduct a formal study on this, but the university shut down the research because it was “potentially politically incorrect.” Even though this seems like a valid medical research question, politics prevailed.