Published Articles by Denise Shick


Rapid-onset gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults: A study of parental reports

August 16, 2018

In on-line forums, parents have been reporting that their children are experiencing what is described here as “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” appearing for the first time during puberty or even after its completion. The onset of gender dysphoria seemed to occur in the context of belonging to a peer group where one, multiple, or even all of the friends have become gender dysphoric and transgender-identified during the same timeframe. Parents also report that their children exhibited an increase in social media/internet use prior to disclosure of a transgender identity. The purpose of this study was to document and explore these observations and describe the resulting presentation of gender dysphoria, which is inconsistent with existing research literature.

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California Passes Law Allowing 12-Year-Olds To Get Tax-Paid Transgender Treatments

September 24, 2018

You have to be 16 obtain a driver’s license in California, 18 to buy a rifle, engage in consensual sex, or get married without parental consent, and 21 to buy a handgun, alcohol, or marijuana. But in the nation’s most progressive state, you only need to be 12 years old to privately seek and consent to treatment for gender transitioning.

The recently enacted California law was written to “provide that the rights of minors and non-minors in foster care, as described above, include the right to be involved in the development of case plan elements related to placement and gender affirming health care, with consideration of their gender identity.”

 GOD and Pronouns, He Knows What He’s Doing”

February 12, 2018

“It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man’s principal toy and tool: without the meanings and values it sustains, all man’s other tools would be worthless.” – Lewis Mumford, Words Matter

Pronouns make pertinent points. The recent decision by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington D.C. to ban the use of masculine pronouns when referring to God is no mere matter of semantics. The effects on those who subscribe to the ban will be significant. 


“The Simplest and Most Profound Question: Who Am I?”

June 6, 2017

“Know thyself.” It was an adage among the ancient Greeks. After all, the reasoning went, what good is knowing things if one does not know one’s self? Millennia later, as I grew up in 20th-century America, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people speak of finding themselves or of taking journeys of self-discovery.


Just Because Your Transgender Parent Isn't Messing with You, Doesn't Mean It Doesn't Happen.”

December 16, 2016

Prompted by a dinner-table discussion with her parents, Elle Tannehill, a 13-year-old girl, gave an eloquent response to my Federalist article “Having Transgender Parents Will Hurt Kids Like It Hurt Me.” I learned of this family discussion because Elle’s second mother (who until fairly recently was her father) wrote it up and sent it to The Huffington Post, where it was published.


“Having Transgender Parents Will Hurt Kids, Like It Hurt Me”

October 11, 2016

In 1960, when Random House Books first published P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book Are You My Mother?, no one would have guessed that a generation later children might be asking that very question of their fathers.


“Dear Bruce Jenner: Please Consider Your Children's Emotional Well-being.”

 April 75, 2015

“Dear Mr. Jenner,

America is watching intently as you seek to transition from man to woman. So are your daughters. As a daughter who watched her own father make the same choice, I plead with you to reconsider. My father’s revelation to me that he wanted to become a woman sent my life into a tailspin.”


“The Embracing of the Transgender Community, While Ignoring Romans 2:4”

October 03, 2016

Anthony Bradley's article, "Helping Transgendered Christians," in World Magazine breaks no new ground. Drawing primarily from a friend's experiences and from Mark Yarhouse's book Understanding Gender Dysphoria, Bradley's message can be summarized as follows: "Christians need to show compassion to those who suffer with the difficult symptoms of gender dysphoria.” Bradley will get no argument from me or from most Christians I know.

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