Sex Change Regret Study Denied for UK Grad Student

James Caspian, a practicing psychotherapist pursuing his master’s degree in counseling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University in the U.K., had hoped to study those who regretted having sex reassignment surgery. But his proposal was summarily rejected by the University for being too “politically incorrect” and for being seen as potentially damaging to the school’s reputation.

Caspian, a long-time counselor specializing in therapies for “transgenders,” responded to the rejection letter by stating, “[M]y ego is strong enough to withstand attack or criticism should I read it elsewhere than social media” and went on to tell BBC radio, “I think that a university exists to encourage discussion, research—dissent even, challenging perhaps ideas that are out of date or not particularly useful.”

It’s too bad Caspian didn’t get the chance to confront the status quo since regret for “transgenders” who have had surgery is not uncommon. In fact, a 2016 landmark study in The New Atlantis reports that sex-reassigned individuals were about five times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.

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