How Right-Leaning U.S. Press Weaponizes the Anti-Trans ‘Cass Review’

The transphobic study heard around the world

Alex Mell-Taylor
Prism & Pen
Published in
10 min readMay 6, 2024


The Cass Review: Independent review of gender identity services for children and young people
Image; Front page of Cass Report

For years, the scientific consensus on puberty blockers for children has been relatively straightforward. They cause no significant harm, and most of their effects are easily reversible.

As recently as last month, a study presented at the American Physiological Society's annual American Physiology Summit found:

“…that the short-term developmental delay of the uterus and ovaries caused by the puberty-blocking treatment in young female rats was reversible. A majority of reproductive function also recovered immediately after puberty blocking withdrawal. This study can help inform adolescents and their families in the decision to take puberty-blocking medication.”

While more research is always welcomed in replicating this study (especially when confirming these results in humans), this is just one drop in decades of literature on this subject. The research on this topic seems to suggest that such care increases positive mental health and that the effects of puberty blockers are again reversible.

Additional concerns, such as a decrease in bone density and neurological changes, are still not well understood. The prior might be caused by things such as lack of…