More Transgender Men Are Admitting They 'Deeply Regret' Transitioning, Report Says
Trans men come out in droves to de-transition
Biological women who used gender reassignment surgery to transition into men are increasingly opting to de-transition, admitting they regret their decision and the mental states that allowed them to make the decision.
According to Debbie, a biological female who transitioned to male 20 years ago, admitted she deeply regrets her decision to transition, and is now seeking to undo the gender reassignment surgery.
Debbie, 61, says she underwent a full surgery, which involved creating a penis out of forearm skin, and took testosterone treatments for 17 years.
"This was a mistake that should never have happened," she told the BBC.
"How do I go back to being the Debbie that I was?"
Debbie believed that living as a male would allow her to become "accepted in the world."
But she was wrong.
Nearly two decades later, she is desperately trying to re-transition back to a woman.
Debbie said she believes that because she was abused as a child, it created problems with her identity.
"I thought I was going to be on a journey to becoming a different person... I'd morph into someone else and leave that traumatized woman completely behind," she says.
But through counseling, she realized her decision to transition "was a way of trying to escape."
Another trans man, a 40-year-old female named Thain, who transitioned to male, said she grew up as what she believed was a "gender-nonconforming child."
"And then there was the fact that I was attracted to girls," she says, "and I just didn't know anybody who was lesbian."
Thain began transitioning at the age of 26 with testosterone treatments.
She said she regretted the procedure and made moves to de-transition after just two years of hormone treatment.
"It wasn't until I discovered a community who were affirming to gender non-conforming people, which is the radical feminist community, that I really made the decision to stop," she tells the BBC.
Charlie Evans, 28, sais she had problems with gender identity when she was a teen.
At the age of 15, she began identifying as a male.
Even though Evans did not undergo hormone treatment or surgery, she reverted back to identifying as a woman when she received the support from other people like her.
"Most of us [in a support group] are same-sex attracted," she says.
"Most of us identify as either lesbian or bisexual, and a lot of us are autistic."
In March, Neon Nettle reported that the first person in America to be legally recognized as transgender admitted he regretted transitioning from his born gender and is campaigning against sex-change surgeries, laws, and drugs.
Jamie Shupe became the first American to have his gender legally recognized as "non-binary" - a "third gender" that's neither male nor female - by order of an Oregon court in June 2016.
At the time, Shupe was a transgender female who was born male and had already started taking female hormones when the court ruled that his sex would be changed to non-binary.
Now the former Army sergeant says that he had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his military service and was encouraged to switch gender by medical professionals and liberal campaigners, who incorrectly led him to believe he was the "wrong" gender.
Earlier this month, a 19-year-old man spoke out against the disastrous results of the transgender surgery.
Nathanial, who started the process when he was just 15-years-old, eventually having permanent gender reassignment surgery to remove his male genitals and "transition" into a trans "female."
He now says, "This whole thing was a bad idea."
Less than a year after having several transgender surgeries, Nathaniel is left struggling with depression, declaring: "I am 19 years old, and I feel as though I have ruined my life.”