If you've heard about the former Johns Hopkins psychiatrist who found a strong correlation of suicide to gender reassignment surgery, you may be interested in this document which analyzes the evidence regarding all phases of the controversy about homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality, and the like.
What it finds, in a nutshell, is that all of these are correlated well with signs of mental illness, abuse, and suicide, but that evidence is thin that they are "born that way", or that the mental illness and suicide are caused by societal disapproval.
I would guess that if this paper gets traction, it will become even more controversial than it already is, but it's worth noting that the correlations to mental illness, intoxicant abuse, and suicide are exactly what pro-homosexual organizations on campus were telling me back in 1987. It is also worth noting that in certain areas, you cannot do truly "good" research, because medical ethics precludes either forcing the unwilling to undergo certain procedures, or preventing the willing from having a procedure done.
Agree or disagree with the authors, well worth a read.
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