The pursuit of unhappiness

Published March 28, 2023

WORLD Opinions

A major study from KFF–Washington Post has been released looking at the lives of transgender-identified Americans. The study boasts the largest results using random sampling, a method viewed as the gold standard for getting an accurate snapshot of current demographics.

There are many takeaways from the report worth considering. As someone who studies the transgender phenomenon in America and has written a book on the subject, I want to draw attention to a more narrow finding that contradicts what Americans are routinely told when it comes to America’s gender revolution. The report confirms that regardless of America’s growing familiarity with transgender-identified Americans, to claim a transgender identity is to claim an identity disproportionately plagued with other mental health issues as compared to Americans more broadly. The pattern of abiding mental health problems should cause us to pause and question whether unqualified “affirmation” of transgender identities is not making the situation worse.

Two sections of the report reveal an unhappy snapshot of transgender-identified persons in America.

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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.

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