Sasha Ayad: When kids say they’re trans

Sasha Ayad⁠ is Licensed Professional Counselor who has treated adolescents for over 13 years. She began feeling concerned about the trans trend reaching teens, and after learning about Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) so began looking into the “trans kid”phenomenon more deeply. Sasha became a founding board member of several organizations fighting for a more cautious, science-based approach, including ⁠Society for Evidence-based Gender Medicine⁠⁠The Gender Exploratory Therapy Association,⁠ and ⁠Genspect.⁠ She is co-host of Gender: A Wider Lens Podcast⁠ and co-author, alongside Lisa Marchiano and Stella O’Malley, of a new book called, When Kids Say They’re Trans.

In this episode, I speak with Sasha about what’s really behind teenagers’ desire to transition and what parents can do when dealing with a teen identifying as trans.

Meghan Murphy

Founder & Editor

Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.