Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and Their Families

Research project involving youth who have discontinued gender transition (aged 15 to 25)


The Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and Their Families is pleased to launch a second wave of interviews on the phenomenon of discontinuation among trans youth. These interviews aim to understand the diversity of the backgrounds of youth who have experienced a discontinuation in their transition. After having conducted and analyzed 20 interviews with youth who have discontinued their transition, we want to deepen our knowledge by gathering more testimonies.

Below you will find our answers to TRICON questions to better situate our research process. This list of TRICON disclosures is licensed by the administration team of the International Transgender Health Forum: K. Winters, A. D’orsay, and V. Sirenu, March 2019.

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 * What is the specific objective of the study and its intended impact on future trans lives?

This research concerns the discontinuation of gender transition by youth with trans or nonbinary backgrounds. Discontinuation of transition is sometimes also referred to as detransition or desistance.

Overall, the project aims to understand the discourse around the discontinuation of gender transition of youth with trans and nonbinary backgrounds. In this second part, we want to understand and analyze the experiences of youth who have decided to discontinue  a transition, the ways in which they talk about it, and what comes out of it, particularly with respect to the context in which they live.

* Who is/are the principal investigator/s?

The principal investigator is Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Montreal.  Annie also holds the Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and their Families. The work of the Chair is rooted in a perspective of gender affirmation.

* What is/are the sponsoring institution/s or organization/s?

There is no sponsoring organization, but funds are managed by the University of Montreal, where the Principal Investigator is based.

* How are trans scholars/researchers included in this research work?

The importance of researching this phenomenon, and the idea for this project, stemmed from a wide community consultation of trans youth, their families and the professional working with them.  The consultation was held in May 2019 in the Province of Quebec (the report is available here: ).  We also involved Gender Creative Kids Canada as a collaborator during the early stage of the development of the project and invited them to be part of the grant. All the research staff and the project coordinator are trans and/or nonbinary, and co-researchers includes trans and cis individuals.

* Who is funding the study? Describe any conflicts of interest.

This research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. We have no conflict of interest to declare.

* Is there IRB/Ethics board approval? Describe ethical practices specific to trans subjects.

This study has been approved by the research ethics committee on society and culture (CER-SC), of the Université de Montréal and the Institutional ethics committee for the research with human beings (CIEREH) of Université du Québec À Montréal.

Our interviews will be anonymized and made confidential (by supressing the element allowing participants’ identification). Participants can withdraw from the study at any time until we start the process of redaction and publication. The interviews will be conducted by a nonbinary person.


* What is the target study population? Describe geographic scope, languages, and intersectional inclusion.

To participate, you should be between 15 and 25 years of age and identify as a person with a trans or nonbinary background who has begun a gender transition (whether it be social, legal, or medical) and has discontinued this transition. Whether it is because you have lacked familial, peer, or academic support, because you have experienced discrimination, because you feel more nonbinary, because you are not sure you have made the right choice, because you didn’t feel comfortable in your new body or new social identity, because you have experienced physical or mental health issues, or for any other reason, we would like to hear from you. Interviews can be conducted in French or English, and you can participate regardless of your country of residence (this is an international research).

* Is there a cost or travel requirement, or is there compensation for participants?

There is no cost or travel required for the participation. Interviews will be conducted online (Zoom or Skype). You will receive a 30$ CAD gift card as compensation for your participation.

* Will the results of this research be published in open access journals or channels?

Yes, the results will be published in at least one open access journal, and summary of the results will be published, in French and in English, free of charge, on the Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and their Family Website (

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