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An upcoming event intended to bring awareness to the growing number of children and adults who no longer identify as transgender is anticipated to be the largest ever.
An event for “Detrans Awareness Day” organized by OurDuty, a nonpartisan group of parents and allies, is scheduled to take place at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Friday, March 10. The event is geared toward raising awareness of the growing population of minors and adults harmed by gender ideology and the chemical and surgical sex change services they hastily received due to the “affirmative” model of transgender care embraced by United States medical organizations.
According to an event flyer, Detrans Awareness Day is intended to “honor those harmed by the gender industry and ignored by mainstream media and politicians on the left, bravely exposing the gender industry’s lies.”
While most mainstream media outlets remain silent about the growing population of detransitioners, awareness is increasing with the help of several new documentaries released this year featuring their stories. Many of these detransitioners were struggling with mental health issues like depression or neurodevelopmental conditions like autism when they chose to transition. They were frequently introduced to transgender ideology through TikTok and YouTube or other social influences. Many pursued chemical and surgical interventions that health care professionals authorized without proper evaluation that they later came to regret.
Some detransitioners were even wrongfully informed by their doctors that being transgender was a “medical condition” that required medical interventions, like Chloe Cole, an 18-year-old woman who was medically transitioned as a minor whose doctors allegedly told her she had “a male brain in a female body,” even though no empirical evidence exists to support a biological basis for “gender identity.”
Cole created a fundraiser for the upcoming event to help pay for transportation and lodging for detransitioners across the United States to attend. She said that the event is shaping up to be larger than the 2022 march in Anaheim where more than 150 peacefully protested outside the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference in Southern California to object to the medical transition of trans-identifying minors, a position the AAP has uncritically adopted.
“It is not an anti-trans rally, it is a call for caution around medical transitioning to prevent vulnerable individuals from being met with the same regret,” Cole told The Daily Wire.
Cole said that over 20 detransitioners have been confirmed to attend, including Luka Hein, Prisha Mosley, and Abel Garcia. She recently increased the fundraising goal after receiving threats from agitators.
Thank you to all that have donated to allow Detrans Awareness Day in Sacramento to become as big as it is!
We have nearly met our initial goal of $5,000 but we have since been met with violent threats from terrorist organizations. We are now increasing our goal to allow for… https://t.co/SgDjNuXXDS pic.twitter.com/ZGTUVnTQ9T
— Chloe Cole ⭐️ (@ChoooCole) February 27, 2023
Several of the agitators made insinuations of death, including the declaration “over our dead body,” and one posted an image of a skull biting a knife that was captioned, “Death Before Detransition.” There were several mentions of fighting, including “get into the fight,” “it’s time to fight,” and “we will go down fighting,” although it is unclear if they are figurative expressions.
Cole told The Daily Wire that, regardless of the threats, she is very excited about the upcoming event being held in her home state.
“I have people threatening to assault me and pepper spray me,” said Cole. “It doesn’t matter what they do to me, as long as I am alive, I’ll be speaking out about this.”
“I will always speak out on behalf of the others that don’t have a voice, the kids, the families, the adults that have been affected by this will no longer suffer in silence,” she added.
Cole recently announced she was suing the hospital and affiliated medical group that medically transitioned her as a minor, which included puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones, and double mastectomy surgery between the ages of 13 and 16, making it the first lawsuit of its kind in the United States.
There are seven detransitioners in the United States, Canada, the U.K., and most recently Spain, who have brought legal action against the medical providers that facilitated their chemical and surgical transitions.
While the exact number of detransitioners is unknown, and more research is needed, the number appears to be steadily rising. A forum created in 2017 for detransitioners on Reddit appears to be adding over 1,000 members a month, and now has nearly 45,000 members.
Studies that have shown a small rate of regret of medical transition are often used by transgender activists to dismiss or diminish the experience of detransitioners. However, upon closer inspection, the two extensive studies that found 2% or less of individuals regret their transition surveyed adults, not the new cohort of adolescents that people are most concerned about.
Researchers recognize that short-term studies may underestimate detransition and regret because it can take up to a decade after treatment for some people to experience these outcomes. Additionally, some studies lose track of patients as they age out of pediatric clinics.
Two smaller studies in the U.K. report that between 7% and 10% of patients initially assessed for gender-related medical services later detransitioned. In the United States, a recent study found that 29% of 68 patients seeking medical transition care changed their requests for hormone treatment, surgery, or both. Another U.S. study from last year found that 30% of patients who commenced cross-sex hormone treatment discontinued it within four years for unknown reasons.
A representative of the official Detrans Awareness Day website penned an article for the Parents with Inconvenient Truths about Trans (PITT) Substack with a helpful list of ways to show support for detransitioners during the week of March 12.
Other upcoming events on Detrans Awareness Day include a webinar by Beyond Transition, a Genspect-affiliated organization that has helped over 100 detransitioners, on March 12, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. GMT.