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Detransitioners like me need a bill of rights

I tried to become a boy at 12. I tried to change back to a girl at 16. Now I’m 19. The “care” I received has left me with physical and mental challenges that I’ll probably carry for the rest of my life. 

I was abused and lied to by the medical professionals I was told to trust. They lied to my parents, too. They’re still abusing and lying to countless young boys and girls.

My transition happened fast. At age 11, I knew I was a girl, even though I had a tomboy streak and struggled to make friends with other girls. While puberty was rough, it never occurred to me that I was “supposed” to be a boy. 

Sign urging "Take Detransitioners Seriously"

A participant in the Detransition Awareness Day holds up a sign during a rally in Sacramento on March 10, 2023. (Courtesy Pamela Garfield-Jaeger)

Then I got a cellphone and discovered social media. I was constantly told I was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. I came to believe it. I decided I was a boy and my body had to reflect it, or life wasn’t worth living.

 

Chloe Cole is the patient advocate at Do No Harm.

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