Transgenders 'Detransitioning' on the Rise. And the LGBTQ Community Isn't Helping.
Sit down for this one, the detransitioning transgender community is on the rise. A woman in the UK, Charlie, who has been living as a boy since she was 13 (she's now 21), and was scheduled to have both of her strapped in ta-tas chopped off, is making a big change: back to herself. But she's discovered some interesting little bumps along the road. One, she's found a lot of transgender people who also regret transitioning, and a supposedly tolerant group of people, the LGBTQ community, telling Charlie, and others like her, to talk to the hand. This has led Charlie to start her own subgroup for people who regret their transition and want to do what they can to get back to who they are.
One such woman, who goes by "Ruby" in the article from Sky News, talks of being shunned:
"[Ruby] said she felt shunned by the LGBT community for being a traitor. So I felt I had to do something."
Charlie says she's met as many as thirty or so women who regret transitioning. They tell a familiar story, as Ruby does, to ones we've seen many times before. Check out: America's First 'Nonbinary Person' Speaks Out: "It Was All a Sham" and New Documentary Features Transgenders Who Regret Switching Genders.
"I didn't think any change was going to be enough in the end and I thought it was better to work on changing how I felt about myself, than changing my body," says Ruby.
But Ruby is one of the lucky ones. She figured out this wasn't the path for her before taking drastic actions, like lopping off her lovely lady lumps. What Charlie has found is many other (mostly women who transitioned to men) who have already transitioned and found snipping off their special bits, injecting themselves with hormones, didn't make them happy.
Ruby tells a familiar story about how easy it is to be accepted as "transgender" and how little attention is paid to other mental issues.
"When I was at my gender clinic to get referred for hormones, we had a session where I went over my mental health issues and I told them about my eating disorder and they didn't suggest that that could maybe connected with my gender dysphoria," says Ruby.
So already Ruby had mental issues with how she saw herself. But clinicians, like our first world society at large, hade a narrative to embrace.
"For everyone who has gender dysphoria, whether they are trans or not, I want there to be more options for us because I think there is a system of saying, 'okay here's your hormones, here's your surgery, off you go'. I don't think that's helpful for anyone."
Conservatives are lectured about what hateful, intolerant, transphobic people we are for even suggesting people press pause before cutting up their body over an issue tormenting their minds. Meanwhile, the left sells itself as the beacon of loving hope to people lost in a binary world.
But the tide is shifting. Soon I estimate a wave of people who've altered their bodies beyond repair -- with the blessing of the left and society -- the same left which has bullied any opposing viewpoints into silence, will ask of us "How could you let us do this to ourselves? We needed help and you encouraged mutilation."
It's usually hard to stand up for what's morally good. It is wrong not just for society to confuse genders, to say reality is subject to feelings. But it's also detrimental and dangerous to allow people who have real mental issues to continue on such a path undeterred. Worse, with society's blessing.