Across Europe, the so-called ‘affirmative model’ approach to gender dysphoria, with its brutal regimens of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex change surgeries, is being abandoned. Study after study reveal that medical authorities have, at the behest of the transgender movement, been perpetrating one of the ugliest medical scandals since eugenics. Young people—children, some of them—are being castrated, mutilated by the amputation of healthy breasts, and deformed by dangerous drugs prescribed to them by medical ideologues.
We are now seeing a generation of ‘de-transitioners’—those who embarked on the path of ‘affirmative care’ to ‘transition’ from one sex to another and realized that it had given them nothing and robbed of much—testifying at statehouses across America to call for bans on the surgeries that scarred their bodies. Those testimonies are being entirely ignored by the White House, the Democratic Party, and much of the progressive press and medical establishment, with a few brave dissident exceptions. They are ignoring stories like that of Chloe Cole.
Consider part of her testimony to Congress on her 19th birthday. Cole told the politicians that her parents were told by medical professionals that the only way to address her gender dysphoria was medical intervention:
I was fast-tracked onto puberty blockers and then testosterone. The resulting menopausal-like hot flashes made focusing on school impossible. I still get joint pain and weird pops in my back, but they were far worse when I was on the blockers.
A month later, when I was 13, I had my first testosterone injection. It has caused permanent changes in my body. My voice will forever be deeper, my jawline sharper, my nose longer, my bone structure permanently masculinized, my Adam’s apple more prominent, and my fertility unknown. I look in the mirror sometimes, and I feel like a monster.
I had a double mastectomy at 15 and they tested my amputated breasts for cancer. I was cancer free of course, I was perfectly healthy. There was nothing wrong with my still-developing body, or my breasts, other than that as an insecure teenage girl, I felt awkward about it.
After my breasts were taken away from me, the tissue was incinerated. Before I was able to legally drive, I had a huge part of my future womanhood taken away from me. I will never be able to breastfeed. I struggle to look at myself in the mirror at times. I still struggle to this day with sexual dysfunction. I have massive scars across my chest and the skin grafts they used, that they took from my nipples, are weeping fluid today. They were grafted into a more masculine position, they said.
Cole’s is one story of thousands, with thousands more to come—Cole told me that she believes her generation of ‘transgender kids,’ who bore the brunt of the ‘affirmative model,’ will turn the trickle of ‘de-transitioner’ testimonies into a torrent, and then a tidal wave. The broken children of the transgender medical complex were lied to, and they paid the price. But why is it that so many refuse to accept that this experiment has been such a tragedy, especially in North America? Why are so many doubling down?
One answer comes from Helen Joyce, a journalist, feminist advocate at the organization Sex Matters, and author of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality (2021). In a recent interview, she observed that there is one group of people in particular who will defend transgender ideology with total ferocity. I want to quote her in full:
Something you may not have thought of is that there are a lot of people who can’t move on from this. And that’s the people who have transitioned their own children. So those people are going to be like the Japanese soldiers who were on Pacific islands and didn’t know the war was over. They’ve got to fight forever. This is another reason why this is the worst, worst, worst social contagion that we’ll ever have experienced.
A lot of people have done what is the worst thing you could do, which is to harm their children irrevocably, because of it. Those people will have to believe that they did the right thing for the rest of their lives, for their own sanity, and for their own self-respect. So they’ll still be fighting, and each one of those people destroys entire organizations and entire friendship groups.
Like, I’ve lost count of the number of times that somebody has said to me of a specific organization that has been turned upside down on this, “Oh, the deputy director has a trans child.” Or, oh, the journalist on that paper who does special investigations has a trans child. Or whatever. The entire organization gets paralyzed by that one person. And it may not even be widely known at that organization that they have a trans child. But it will come out, people will have sort of said quietly, and now you can’ talk truth in front of that person, and you know you can’t, because what you’re saying is: “You as a parent have done a truly, like, a human rights abuse level of awful thing to your own child that can not be fixed.”