British trans activist Charlie Evans made big news last week when she announced that she is detransitioning, and that many trans people have approached her saying that gender assignment reassignment surgery does not help gender dysphoria.
According to Sky News, Evans was born female, but decided to live as a male before she detransitioned in 2018. Evans, who is a trans rights activist, announced that she would no longer be taking her hormone therapy or identify as male, and she says she received a huge response.
“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.”
According to Evans, she has been approached by “hundreds” of people — mostly females in their mid-20s who are same-sex attracted — who have asked her either to speak out, or to help them find support for their own efforts to detransition.
Evans says that she was motivated to take her struggle public when, after giving a talk, she was approached by a young woman who had also detransitioned. “She said she felt shunned by the LGBT community for being a traitor. So I felt I had to do something,” Evans said.
Evans has started a nonprofit organization in Newcastle, England, that seeks to provide support for trans people who want to transition back to the gender of their birth.
According to the Sky News article, one of the people Evans has helped detransition complained that many of the centers in the UK that offer support for people who want to transition do not do a good job of appropriately counseling subjects about alternatives.
The woman, who asked to be identified by Ruby, said, “When I was at my gender clinic to get referred for hormones, we had a session where I went over my mental health issues and I told them about my eating disorder and they didn’t suggest that that could maybe connected with my gender dysphoria. For everyone who has gender dysphoria, whether they are trans or not, I want there to be more options for us because I think there is a system of saying, ‘okay here’s your hormones, here’s your surgery, off you go’. I don’t think that’s helpful for anyone.”
As previously reported at TheBlaze, NHS centers in the UK have begun offering gender transition support to children as young as 3 or 4, and have seen skyrocketing rates of participation in gender transition services. One such facility, the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust, disputed Evans’ characterization, saying, “Decisions about physical interventions made in our care are arrived at after a thorough exploration process. While some of our patients may decide not to pursue physical treatment or drop out of treatment, the experience of regret described here is rarely seen.”
Evans, who describes herself in her twitter bio as a “freelance science journalist,” tweeted a challenge to the scientific community about the prevalence of gender reassignment surgery.