I knew that people transitioned but I didn’t know that sometimes they detransition until I started taking an interest in transgender issues in general. I don’t have anything to say about detransitioning but other people do, so this page is for relevant screenshots, links and videos.
This first one gets pride of place for reasons that should be obvious. It originally appeared on reddit here.
“I’m 19. I was born female, but I’ve lived as a transman for 4 years. I took testosterone for 2. I went cold turkey on T last week.
I’m detransitioning because I’m sick of this community. I’m sick of the kind of activism that’s done in its name. I’m sick of people who want to beat up old ladies in London, completely unprovoked, because she has a different opinion than them.
It started when I saw all this bullshit on tumblr– went cold turkey on that fucking site too. Transwomen saying shit like “anything a trans man can do, trans women can do better”. Calling transmen “shrimp dick”, “fish taco”. Transwomen saying that women deserve to be murdered, raped, burned at the stake, because they’re TERFs.
I saw this all before I transitioned. It’s called male violence, aggression, entitlement. If I have to say through my teeth “transwomen are women” one more time, I’ll fucking explode.
I know. I know that not all transwomen are horrible. I know there are incredible transwomen out there. But I can’t pretend that they weren’t born male, that I wasn’t born female, and that we weren’t socialized accordingly.
I’m disgusted and frightened by how cultlike this community has become. I lost friends for saying I was detransitioning. I’m going to lose more. No one wants you to say “I’m comfortable being gender non-conforming and NOT transitioning”. I was a tomboy all my life. In high school, my transman friend told me I should transition. I did, because I was a fucking idiot, and I hated myself, and I hated being a girl.
I’m sick of being such a sexist fuck. A non binary ex friend of mine always called men with long hair “they/them”. They sure as fuck didn’t do that for guys with short hair. My sister, talking about our cousin’s new baby, was all “she’s such a rowdy baby. She’ll probably turn out trans.”
Why are we medicating people who don’t conform? Why are we giving children the choice to make a life-altering medical decision based on sexism, when they can’t even get a tattoo? Why are we telling girls who don’t want to get caught in the trap of femininity, “oh, well, you must actually be a boy.”
I’m detransitioning. I’m sorry for every and any part I played in trans activism. I was complacent listening to people talk about punching women who disagreed with them. I believed such sexist fucking things. I let other people, the med complex, and stupid little problems like pronouns control my life. There are bigger issues in the world than bathrooms. I’m sorry I spent so much time, money, and emotional effort caring about something that meant less than shit.”
Here’s a screenshot of comment that was spotted beneath this article.
“A Tear in the Ocean”: The Final Days of Alexis Arquette Hollywood Reporter
“In 2013, amid increasing health complications, Alexis …began presenting herself as a man again, telling Ibrahim that “‘gender is bullshit.’ That ‘putting on a dress doesn’t biologically change anything. Nor does a sex-change.’ She said that ‘sex-reassignment is physically impossible. All you can do is adopt these superficial characteristics but the biology will never change.'” That realization, Ibrahim suspects, was the likely source of her deep wells of emotional torment.”
Sorry, I can’t handle tumblr.com myself – I just don’t get it. But I discovered this:
Detransition info on tumblr
More personal stories, articles and blogs
Spotted on Twitter; not related to any story here
A “sinister mental trap”: One man’s journey back to himself Potentilla
A story of desistance Third Way Trans
Detransition Info on tumblr
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First cut is the deepest but reversal also traumatic for trans community Janet Albrechtson
From girl to boy and back again, Zahra Cooper shares her journey New Zealand Herald
FTMTF Lady Antitheist
Detransitioning: Going From Male To Female To Male Again vocativ
How My ‘Sex Change’ Was Doomed to Fail from the Start Walt Heyer
How psychotherapist James Caspian, who has backed transgender rights for years, was plunged into a nightmare after asking if young people changing sex might later regret it Daily Mail
I’m gonna make a thread about my feelings about dysphoria as a detransitioned person, and how I deal with it these days Gender Atheism
I regret transitioning Anonymous, Guardian
I’m a post-op MtF who is back in therapy to reverse this mess and obtain a phalloplasty Gregory on GenderTrender
Interview with a Detransitioned MtF Youth Trans Critical Professionals
Non binary identity aka not fitting in with the popular clique Purple Sage
On Sex Change Regret Stella Morabito
Real-Life Victims of the Transgender ‘Cult’ PJ Media
Retransition Rethinking “Trans” : Transgender detransition / retransition (blog)
Sex Change Regret Walt Heyer’s blog
The Detransitioners: They Were Transgender, Until They Weren’t Katie Herzog
The new taboo: More people regret sex change and want to ‘detransition’, surgeon says National Post
The top London lawyer who’s changed gender THREE times Daily Mail
Transgender Surgery: Regret rates highest in Male-to-Female Reassignment Operations Newsweek (WARNING: Contains a vid with Caitlyn Jenner which autoplays)
‘Transition caused more problems than it solved’ Elan Anthony, Guardian
Transition is no casual matter, and we need to talk about those who regret it Thain Parnell
Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret The Federalist
What I Needed: An Open Letter to Therapists from a Detransitioner Maria Catt
What Two Former Trans Want You To Know About All The Lies The Federalist
Writing thoughts to get them out of my head as I detransition gender. Ported from Twitter Trans Regret
Words of wisdom from transwoman Blaire White: Detransitioning, regret and going back
Boy, 14, Reversed His Gender Transition After 2 Years
Last updated: 21.01.18