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. It also includes stories of regret from trans people who haven’t detransitioned.



The Detransition Advocacy Network

Post Trans: A project giving space for female detransitioners and desisters to share their journeys.

Information and support on tumblr for detransitioners 


James Caspian

By James Caspian

I challenged Bath Spa University’s refusal to allow me to research people who reverse gender reassignment, fundamentally on the basis that it might attract unpleasant comments on social media
James needs your support urgently. Read more here.

My battle with the transgender thoughtpolice James Caspian 22.02.19

Why are we so scared to admit many people regret changing their gender? The Sunday Telegraph17.02.19

Fifty trans people tell therapist of regrets The Sunday Times 10.02.19

Dispute over ‘detransition’ study heads for High Court The Times 07.02.19


This story gets pride of place for reasons that should be obvious. It originally appeared on reddit here.

I’m detransitioning…

I'm detransitioning

“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.”

FUCK that.

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 an article on a website that no longer exists.


Jesse Singal article

This one is long and has provoked a massive angry backlash:

When Children Say They’re Trans Jesse Singal

It is accompanied by a video featuring Carey Callahan, who is mentioned in the screenshot of Jade’s quote above: Reversing a gender transition

And here’s a related piece:

Why must trans activists smear those who put forth inconvenient narratives about ‘gender identity’? Meghan Murphy


More personal stories, articles and blogs

One Year Out – My story Thomasin Pick 22.05.20

Interview with Scott Newgent Graham Linehan 15.05.20

Man who regrets having treatment to become a transgender woman for 11 years reveals it made him ‘profoundly unhappy’ – and says he wants to stop others making the same mistake Mail 07.04.20

Did I make a big mistake? Reddit 22.03.20  archive

Speaking up for female eunuchs Helen Joyce 30.01.20

Academic had gruelling sex swap surgery and then changed his mind at the last minute – and is now accusing the ‘transition’ industry of pushing vulnerable people like him into irreversible operations they’ll regret Mail 11.01.20

Detransitioners are living proof the practices surrounding ‘trans kids’ need be questioned Feminist Current 09.01.20

The Ranks of Gender Detransitioners Are Growing. We Need to Understand Why Lisa Marchiano 02.01.20

What if you regret transitioning? Julie Bindel 20.12.19

Medical Perspectives on Dysphoria and Detransition: Make More Noise Uncommon Ground 10.12.19

‘How do I go back to the Debbie I was?’ BBC 27.11.19

Video: Incredibly moving account from recently detransitioned Thomasin Pick on why she transgendered. 22.11.19

Detransitioners: Girls who became boys who want to be girls again Joani Walsh 19.11.19

1 Year After Sex Change, This Teen Regrets His ‘Frankenstein Hack Job’ Daily Signal 17.11.19

Meet the ‘detransitioners’: the women who became men – and now want to go back Telegraph 16.11.19

Sex-change sorrow The Sunday Times 10.11.19

Medical professionals should be blamed too. Twitter thread by @growinThroughIt 08.11.19

The Hard Questions About Young People and Gender Transitions Intelligencer 01.11.19

My Complete Transgender & Detransition Story Roman 29.10.19

Gender reassignment: I’m man enough to admit that it was a mistake The Sunday Times 13.10.19

I Spent a Year as a Trans Man. Doctors Failed Me at Every Turn Daily Signal 07.10.19

A Journey from Trans* to ‘T*RF’ Charlie Evans 27.09.19

Here’s What People Who Used To Be Transgender Are Telling The Supreme Court The Federalist 30.09.19

The medicalization of gender non conforming children, and the vulnerability of lesbian youth. Charlie Evans 08.09.19

Talking About Talking to Doctors (detransition story) Carey Callaghan 26.08.19

Sex is a fact Detransition stories from young Finnish women 2019

Living in trans bubble increased my social anxiety Thomasin Pick 03.08.19

27-year-old man regrets having surgery Sex Change Regret July 2019

Talking About Talking to Doctors Carey Callaghan 26.08.19

From the ashes: Butch lesbian & her family rebuild life after transition Carol F. 14.07.19

I thought I was transgender TradFem 15.06.19

Dagny on social media, gender dysphoria, ‘trans youth,’ and detransitioning Feminist Current 04.06.19

FTM Regret transition, intensely lonely and need someone to talk to  Reddit 01.05.19

The Game Plan for when Transition Hasn’t Worked Out Carey Callahan 21.04.19

The trans train – Swedish documentary raising concerns about the rise in transitioning girls. Upsetting. Here is Part Two

Out of Place and Time Exit Sign 17.02.19

Hormones, surgery, regret: I was a transgender woman for 8 years — time I can’t get back Walt Heyer 11.02.19

Public Announcement: I Have Returned To My Male Birth Sex Jamie Shupe 26.01.19

Making Peace with My Transition crashchaoscats 26.01.19

I’m a Transman Who’s Detransitioning. Here’s Why. Reclaiming Trans Butch 21.01.19

A Letter To Young Trans People Leanne Mills 16.01.19

Transition as Treatment: The Best Studies Show the Worst Outcomes Woman Means Something 11.01.19

30 Transgender Regretters Come Out Of The Closet The Federalist  03.01.19

‘I’m still a man’ says transsexual woman who has a warning for those considering a sex change Nottinghamshire Live 01.01.19

9 Transgender Patients Complain Of Mutilation, Botched Sex-Change Surgeries In Oregon The Federalist 06.12.18

I transitioned from female to male, then realised I had made a mistake’ Telegraph 20.11.18

Transgender patient was left depressed and suicidal after ‘losing his penis’ when he surgically transitioned to a woman without having psychoanalysis first Mail 19.11.18

Why is it so threatening for parents & detransitioners/desisters to speak about transgender identity being a temporary occurrence?  Twitter thread by @dogcalledbambi 10.11.18

‘I’m not meant to be a bloke’: Woman who changed gender to become a man called Lee 15 years ago says sex swap was a huge mistake and wants to switch back Mail 04.11.18

When Girls Won’t Be Girls Charlie McCann 16.10.18

Spotted on Twitter; not related to any story here

A “sinister mental trap”: One man’s journey back to

An open letter to the medical profession More rote than meaning blog

“A Tear in the Ocean”: The Final Days of Alexis Arquette Hollywood Reporter

Detransitioned man blasts “transworld” 4th Wave Now

Detransitioning: Going From Male To Female To Male Again vocativ

How My ‘Sex Change’ Was Doomed to Fail from the Start Walt Heyer

Female detransition and reidentification: Survey results and interpretation

Feminists, wake up – gender is not a feeling 

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

Gender Reversal Surgery is more in demand than ever before Spectator 3.10.17

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 might detransition video by Rya Jones

I regret transitioning  Anonymous, Guardian

‘I will never be able to have sex again. Ever’ The Sydney Morning Herald

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 doctor guilty of misconduct Guardian May 2007

Sex Change Regret Walt Heyer’s blog

Stop Referring to Medically Transitioned People as “Mutilated” A discussion on Tumblr

The Coming Trans Medical Backlash The American Conservative

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 aka Carey Callahan

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

An Open Letter to Julia Serano from One of the‭ ‬Detransitioned People You‭ ‬Claim to‭ ‬“Support‭” by crashchaoscats 08.08.16

Mistaken identity Julie Bindel 23.05.19


Youtube videos

Words of wisdom from radical feminist Peachy Yogurt Detransition: where trans support stops

and some from transsexual Blaire White: Detransitioning, regret and going back.

A Dutch TV documentary: Transgender Regret


Raise Your Hand if Puberty Sucked Elle Palmer 30.04.20

“I Regret Transitioning” – Talk w/ Teen De-transitioner Blaire White and Elle 21.01.20

Why I detransitioned, and why I’m talking about it now. Laura

I shouldn’t have transitioned (Tyler is not a detransitioner).

Internalized Homophobia is More Powerful than You Know – Interview with Thomasin a Detrans Woman

I’m Not Trans Anymore – Detransitioning Alfie Thomas

DETRANSITION Q&A (#1) Helena, Jesse, Dagny and Chiara of the Pique Resilience Project,

Detransition & Self Acceptance: Interview with Chiara

The Maritza Cummings Story: Detransition after 16 years Video made by Peachyyogurt

Maritza’s own channel

Roshaante Anderson – not detransitioning but regrets on transitioning after 9 years on T.

Rad flowers



Brightand Yellowsun1

Cari Stella


Crash ChaosCats


Meagan Brockmeier

Pup Party




Calvin Fox

Martin Rei

Detransition- My reasons and the risks of transitioning

Belle Wood

Boy, 14, Reversed His Gender Transition After 2 Years



Walt Heyer speaking on a Heritage Foundation platform

Want My Sex Back: Transgender people who regretted changing sex (RT Documentary) with Billy Burleigh, Walt Heyer and Rene Jax.