Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2018)—The next issue of The Atlantic magazine features The Health Report, with investigations that probe three of the most complex subjects facing Americans today. All three reports are published now at TheAtlantic.com; The Atlantic’s July/August 2018 issue will appear on newsstands and online in full next week.
The cover story, “When Children Say They’re Trans,” by writer Jesse Singal, is a deeply reported, nuanced, and humane exploration of the process of transition for children experiencing gender dysphoria, and the challenges parents face as they try to guide and support their children through that process. Singal spent months interviewing transgender adults and teens (and their families), many of whom found in physical transition profound relief from the suffering caused by gender dysphoria. He also talked with teens who experienced gender dysphoria at some point in their adolescence but ultimately came to believe physical transition was not the right answer for them; for some kids, gender dysphoria can dissipate without medical intervention. And he spent time with the leading clinicians working in this small and still-new field, who hold a wide range of views about the best way to determine whether and when an adolescent is ready for physical transitions that can have permanent effects on their bodies.
The Atlantic’s editor in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, said of the cover: “This is the story of children and their families in fraught and uncertain situations. With care, thought, and, above all, deep reporting, Jesse asks a challenging and urgent question: What should children experiencing gender dysphoria and their parents ask of medical providers before pursuing a path that may not be reversible? And what are the possible consequences of deciding to delay transition? Like the best Atlantic cover stories, Singal’s investigation asks brave questions for which there are no easy answers.”