I get called hateful (among other things) for discussing detransition, and for acknowledging that sex can't be changed. But there's a reason I talk about this so much.

I detransitioned due to transition regret but that's not to say my transition wasn't “successful.”

On the contrary, I passed very well, lived “stealth,” was accepted (celebrated, even) and had everyone who knew me pretending I was a man and everyone who didn't know me believing I was one.

My transition went as well as transition can go, socially, legally and medically.

I came to regret transition because I realized that simply passing as a man wasn't enough. It was shallow.

No matter how much I looked and sounded like a man, I'd never actually be one.

I wanted to be a man, but as a female I could never achieve that. Never.

Many trans men and women are perfectly happy passing as the opposite sex and getting on with their lives, with the understanding that even though they look male/female, they'll never be male/female. And that's great - best of luck to them.

But for others, that's not enough.

This comes up often in detransition testimonies.

That's why it's so important that we're all honest about this – biological sex cannot be changed. That is a fact.

Don't lie to dysphoric youth. Dn't mislead them to believe that trans women are female or trans men are male.

Because they'll believe you. They'll believe your well-intended lie and potentially go down a path they'll regret for the rest of their lives.

This is not "kind."

Medical transition irreversibly alters you forever - it should not be pursued on the basis of a lie.

The truth will hurt sometimes. Especially when the physical and mental well-being of vulnerable young people are at stake. They don't want to hear the truth, but they need to.

Trans women are not women and trans men are not men. That is the harsh - but important - truth.


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“They gay community-” unless that sentence ends with “is made up of gay people,” it is false.

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Between the ages of 14-21 I don't think there was many a weekend I wasn't perved on in some capacity.

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