Transgender People, “Gay Conversion,” and “Lesbian Extinction”: What the Data Show

Julia Serano
5 min readDec 28, 2020
photo taken by the author, marching in the San Francisco LGBTQ+ Pride parade two years ago, wherein lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & other folks all supported & celebrated one another

A few days ago (on Christmas, in fact), The Telegraph ran a piece with the provocative title: “Lesbians facing ‘extinction’ as transgenderism becomes pervasive, campaigners warn.” The premise — which has been increasingly touted by anti-trans groups over the last few years — is that nowadays, young kids who are “really lesbian” are instead coming out…

Julia Serano

writes about gender, sexuality, social justice, & science. author of Whipping Girl, Excluded, 99 Erics, & her latest: SEXED UP! more at