‘A Massive Human Rights Violation”: We Must Listen To Those Who Are Detransitioning


Transgender activists often urge us to “listen to the children.” We are told it is the children who understand, the children who can educate us. They know who they are. They recognize they are trapped in the wrong body. They’re not making this up. We must listen to what they have to say and put them on puberty blockers and prepare them for sex-change surgery. Listen to the children!

Well, some of the children who have had these experiences are a little older today, and at the top of their lungs, they’re shouting to the world, “Do not make the same mistakes we made! Do not transition children! Do not mess with their bodies! Do not let doctors sterilize and mutilate any more kids! Please stop this madness!”

How many more headlines like this do we need to read? “Double Mastectomy at 15, Detrans 16-Year-Old Now Seeks Reversal.” To quote directly from the young woman described in this article, named Penny, “I had giant scars on my chest and a body part gone.”

Listen to the children!

Interestingly, it was a pro-gay website that posted this article, claiming: “What we’re seeing now is a massive human rights violation that targets LGB youth [meaning that most kids who identify as trans before puberty grow up to identify as gay], and it’s being spearheaded by the very organizations that were once set up to protect us.”

Note those words carefully, straight from the lips of a gay-lesbian advocate: this is “a massive human rights violation.” Shades of the words of a liberal Democrat mother in California who called the practice of transitioning kids “the largest medical scandal in history.”

The most recent voice to join this growing (and unsettling) chorus is 17-year-old Chloe Cole “who transitioned back from a boy [and] reveals how puberty blockers and surgery have ‘irreversibly and painfully’ ruined her body as she backs Florida law blocking medical interventions.”

As reported by the Daily Mail, “The youngster was ‘medically transitioned’ between the ages of 13 and 16, having her mastectomys [sic] at 15 in June 2020.” Doctors shockingly agreed to remove this teen’s undiseased, healthy breasts at the age of 15.

To quote Chloe directly, “I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully. . . . No child should have to experience what I have. My consent was not informed.”

How is this not a massive human rights violation? How is this not the largest medical scandal in history? How can the doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, and parents who encouraged these treatments and surgeries go to sleep at night?

Chloe’s message to the world? “Do not transition your kids.”

As to what prompted her to take such radical, irreversible steps at such an impressionable, young age, the Mail notes that “Earlier this year, she told the New York Post it was her exposure to LGBTQ+ activism on Instagram at age 11 that . . . pushed her toward transitioning.

She said: ‘I started being exposed to a lot of LGBT content and activism.’

‘I saw how trans people online got an overwhelming amount of support, and the amount of praise they were getting really spoke to me because, at the time, I didn’t really have a lot of friends of my own.’”

Parents, there’s a reason many of us have been raising our voices for many years about the perilousness of LGBTQ+ indoctrination. This is a prime example of the inherent danger of such practices and is a tragic case in point.

Chloe also explained that “I don’t know if I’ll be able to fully carry a child, and I might be at increased risk for certain cancers, mainly cervical cancer. And because I do not have my breasts, … I am not able to breastfeed whatever future children I have.”

To all the trans-activists reading this article, how do you feel about that? Without your influence, this girl might be whole and healthy today. 

Even if you argue that most people who have sex-change surgery, especially adults, do not seek to detransition, surely you must also know the rest of the story. Many remain suicidal. Many simply drop off the map and so, cannot participate in follow-up surveys. And many live in agony, both mental and physical.

But either way, even if you fully support adults having the “right” to sex-change surgery (I do not), please, please recognize the moral and scientific madness of trying to transition children.

Tragically, in March of this year, the Biden Administration released a document titled, “‘Gender-Affirming Care and Young People,’ which argued that ‘gender-affirming care improves the mental health and overall well-being of gender diverse children and adolescents.’

“Forms of ‘affirming care’ listed in the document included ‘puberty blockers,’ ‘hormone therapy,’ and ‘gender-affirming surgeries,’ such as ‘top surgery,’ ‘bottom surgery,’ and ‘facial feminization or other procedures.’”

This is not just child abuse, as many critics rightly stated. This is government-sponsored child abuse. It doesn’t get much worse than that.

In response to the release of this document, Abigail Shrier, author of the important book “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters,” tweeted, “The only people who knows [sic] for a fact whether these interventions are ‘reversible’ are detransitioners.

“If you’re a parent or someone considering these interventions, do NOT listen to the White House’s misleading propaganda.

“Talk to detransitioners.”

Listen to the children, who are now young adults.

Listen also to the parents of kids who struggle with gender-identity confusion, like this mother, whose daughter experienced Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria and who wrote to me personally: “You have probably had more detransition stories than you want to know about, but I just discovered Reddit dtrans. 35,000 members, mostly people detransitioned and their stories. It is absolutely tearing me up, I’m crying and am so angry that people even are pushing for this! I’m so distressed!”

Listen to those who have experienced this. Listen.

Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries and is the author of 40 books. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube.

The views expressed in this piece are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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