NBC spent a great amount of time recently promoting the transgender lifestyle for both adults and children. The network’s Parminder Deo touted a Pediatrics study that concluded that if kids live openly as transgender with supportive families, they experience no abnormal anxiety and depression. “Support and acceptance” is the key, Deo said.

The study, however, led by Kristina Olson of the University of Washington was conducted using questionable methods. It surveyed 73 kids aged 3 to 12 and simply asked parents whether their kids had shown symptoms of depression or anxiety during the past week. Transgender kids’ anxiety score averaged only 0.1 over the national norm on a National Institutes of Health scale. Merely asking parents whether their children have exhibited adverse symptoms is not particularly compelling as a valid test of the benefits of being openly transgender. READ MORE