An 18-year-old detransitioned woman gave a powerful testimony on Tuesday against the “gender affirming” model of care that led to her irreversible medical transition as an adolescent.
Chloe Cole spoke at a press conference in front of the U.S. Capitol in support of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) new bill, the Protect Children’s Innocence Act, that aims to shield minors from accessing the permanent, body- and life-altering medical treatments they may later come to regret.
Every American needs to hear Chloe Cole’s story.
What a courageous young woman! pic.twitter.com/FoBuSsREb2
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) September 20, 2022
“How did we get to the point where nearly every pediatric institution in the country considers it best practice to remove the healthy breast tissue of children while administering drugs typically used to chemically castrate high-risk sex offenders?” Cole said of the widespread acceptance of radical gender theory in medicine driving “gender affirming care,” which effectively puts children in the driver’s seat to dictate the terms of their own sex change.
“I believe Americans deserve to know the truth about this radical and perverse ideology, marketed as necessary and ‘life-saving’ health care,” said Cole.
Cole opened her speech with a chilling statistic, “Over the past decade, there has been as high as a 4000% increase in children being referred to so-called ‘gender clinics’ across the United States. I was one of these children.”
A recent UCLA survey found that the number of trans-identified teens has doubled in the last five years to about 300,000 in the United States, while the rates of adults identifying as transgender have remained the same. According to the Gender Mapping Project, only a handful of pediatric gender clinics existed in the United States a decade ago. Now over 200 have spawned to meet the growing demand of adolescents who identify as transgender seeking medical transition.
Cole’s story documents how she was introduced to gender ideology online at 11 years old, which led to her self-identification as a transgender boy at 12 years old. Cole was prescribed puberty blockers and testosterone at 13, and received a double mastectomy surgery to remove her breasts at 15, all at the behest of “gender affirming” medical professionals who she says emotionally blackmailed her parents into giving their consent.
“The gender clinic presented my parents with the classic false dichotomy regarding children with gender dysphoria: ‘Would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?’” said Cole. “Given these options, what loving parent wouldn’t choose to transition their child? This was not informed consent, it was a decision forced under extreme duress,” she added.
Cole divulged the shocking circumstances of a trauma she endured that contributed to her medical transition. “At 15, I went under the knife for a radical double mastectomy, the kind that breast cancer patients get. This was after I was sexually assaulted at school by a male student.”
“I told myself to ‘man up,’ but I lived my life in constant hatred of my breasts,” said Cole, adding that she attempted to flatten her chest with constrictive materials through “breast binding,” as is recommended by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), which led to her breasts and rib cage becoming deformed. “I was afraid, and couldn’t wait to finally protect my body from the threat of further molestation,” she said of her reasons to obtain a double mastectomy.
Only one year after her double mastectomy, at 16 years old, Cole realized she had made a mistake. “I realized the beauty of motherhood was stolen from me by medical professionals who my family entrusted me to,” said Cole. “I realized, after maturing a bit more, that a child does not in fact ‘know who they are’ at 12 years old.”
Cole reveals that unmonitored internet access and exposure to LGBTQ content on Instagram at 11 years old introduced her to gender ideology. “I saw the unbelievable amounts of praise and attention they got online and subconsciously I yearned to have a piece of it,” said Cole. “With every milestone in my medical transition, I was given more and more attention and celebration. It was the ultimate high.”
With newfound introspection, Cole began speaking publicly about her opposition to medically transitioning minors in April 2022, when she was 17. “Much of this gender confusion is based on old regressive stereotypes of men and women, which are now being reinforced with hormones and surgeries,” she said. “Women can have short hair and be interested in playing sport; men can grow their hair out and wear makeup. It does not change their biology.”
“There are many detransitioners speaking out, and they are ignored by the institutions most responsible for the search of truth,” said Cole, speaking of the growing population of young adults who regret their decision to transition and claim they were not rigorously assessed before being fast-tracked into irreversible medical interventions. “Up until today, most politicians on the Left and Right have done nothing but get into Twitter fights on this issue,” she added.
Greene’s Protect Children’s Innocence Act, H.R. 8731, would make any individual in the state of Alabama who knowingly performs “gender-affirming care” on a minor — including the administering of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones — guilty of a class C felony, facing a prison sentence of up to 25 years and a $250,000 fine.
“It is designed to protect children from abusive experimental procedures from every angle,” reads the description on the American Principles Project website. Currently, the bill has 37 Republican co-sponsors.
“It was too late for me and time is running out for these children,” said Cole. “There is no second chance at childhood, so we must do our best as adults to guide our children to pathways that lead to healthy bodies and minds instead of depression and disfigurement.”
Cole ended her speech with a compelling plea: “No child deserves to suffer under the knife of a gender affirming surgeon. America’s children — all children — deserve better.”