A former transgender male in the UK is setting up a charity to support ‘hundreds’ of young transgender people seeking help in returning to their biological sex.
The organisation, The Detransition Advocacy Network, was founded by Charlie Evans, a 28-year-old biological female who lived as a transgender male for almost 10 years before de-transitioning.
Evans told Sky News that since she decided to stop transitioning, she has been contacted by ‘hundreds’ of people who regret transitioning, some of whom have had full gender reassignment surgery.
“I’m in communication with 19 and 20-year-olds who have had full gender reassignment surgery who wish they hadn’t, and their dysphoria hasn’t been relieved, they don’t feel better for it.”
We know that there is no such thing as a boy brain or a girl brain or that you can be born with the wrong one. We know hormone blockers are unsafe because we need testosterone and oestrogen for development.
— Charlie Evans (@charlie_sci) September 14, 2019
Walt Heyer, a former transgender woman, has had a similar experience. After accepting his biological gender, Walt established a support website, Sex Change Regret, for transgender people experiencing similar regrets post-transition.
Over the past decade, Heyer has helped countless individuals who have sought help de-transitioning, including Jamie Shupe, the first man to be legally recognised in the United States as “non-binary.”
In March, Shupe told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: “I took estrogen and progesterone and now have irreversible breast growth. I have a number of health complications from this. I now have bone density problems, I’ve had kidney problems, and at one point my mental health was so destabilised by the hormones that I had two stays in a psychiatric ward because of it.”
In a piece for USA Today, Heyer said: “You will hear the media say, ‘Regret is rare,’ But they are not reading my inbox, which is full of messages from transgender individuals who want the life and body back that was taken from them by cross-sex hormones, surgery and living under a new identity.”
According to The Federalist, Heyer’s website receives about 25,000 visits in any given month, and at least a thousand transgender people have personally sought him out to talk to him about their regrets.
Earlier this year it was revealed record numbers of children under the age of 16 are identifying as transgender in the UK. According to a UK Deed Poll, in the past five years, there has been a surge in parents seeking to change their child’s title from Miss to Master and vice versa.
The rise in transgender children now averages at least one child making the switch every single day.
Louise Bowers, a senior deed poll officer told The Sun: “We used to issue a couple every couple of months, but now it’s seven to ten a week.”
The Detransition Advocacy Network, is set to launch at a private location in central Manchester on November 30.