A young man who once identified as a transwoman and underwent “gender-affirming care,” including castration, is cautioning others against following a similar path.
Fox News identified the boy as Kobe but withheld his last name to preserve his privacy, it reported.
Kobe claimed he was always “effeminate” and loved pink and playing with Barbies, the report noted.
If he was never exposed to gender ideology, he probably “would have just stayed a feminine boy,” he said.
He added there would have been nothing wrong with that.
“I felt unlovable as an effeminate man in society and everything,” Kobe said. “A feminine boy, actually. I was never a man, I’m trying to reclaim my manhood now and everything.”
“It’s hard,” he continued. “I have breasts, I have the hip development of a woman because I started the estrogen young. I have no gonads. You know, it’s hard. My skull never really masculinized.”
He shared his experience of grappling with internalized homophobia, being swayed by online trans influencers to manipulate others by playing the “suicide card,” and subsequently regrets medical procedures he consented to.
Using puberty blockers, estrogen and castration resulted in irreversible physical and psychological side effects such as stunted growth, chronic pain, loss of sexual functionality, cognitive fog and an eating disorder, he said.
He is critical of the glorification of such surgical procedures and emphasizes the grave implications of gender-affirming treatments.
His story presents a grave insight into the world of gender-affirming medical interventions, highlighting the potential dangers and lifelong implications.
Advocacy for thorough and comprehensive mental health evaluations, informed consent and increased caution in approving irreversible medical procedures on minors is necessary in light of such experiences.
Watch him talk about his story here.
Institutions like Boston Children’s Hospital have been at the center of heated debates regarding transgender treatments.
Recently, the hospital’s Gender Multispecialty Service, a pediatric and adolescent transgender health program, was accused of providing gender-affirming surgeries for children.
The hospital clarified that surgeries are only offered to adults aged 18 and older, the legal age of consent in the U.S., according to a NY Daily News report.