It’s well-established that providing trans teens gender-affirming health care lowers their rates of depression, suicide, and hopelessness, among countless other benefits. That didn’t stop the New York Times from opining that there could be a “cost” to allowing trans teens to access [hormone treatment]. The cost, we learn, is a reduction in bone density over time—the same side effect found in common acne treatments for teens, like Accutane.

How “just asking questions” masks ideology.