A group of individuals who have “detransitioned” took to social media over the weekend to share their harrowing stories, collectively communicating their experiences with the #DetransAwarenessDay hashtag.
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These formerly transgender people offered photos to accompany their stories of heart change. These before-and-after testimonies offer an important lens into a perspective not often seen in mainstream media.
“My name is Grace and I detransitioned,” one Twitter user wrote along with before and after pictures. “On the left: me shortly after top surgery, 2017. This was the darkest time in my life. On the right: me recently. Life goes on, life gets better.”
My name is Grace and I detransitioned. On the left: me shortly after top surgery, 2017. This was the darkest time in my life. On the right: me recently. Life goes on, life gets better. #DetransAwarenessDay pic.twitter.com/ItTJbiLJpF
— Grace (@HormoneHangover) March 12, 2022
Another Twitter user named Helena said her school “encouraged” her transition process and that the entire ordeal of being prescribed testosterone was “very damaging.”
“When I was 15, lonely, and hated my body, I got sucked into gender ideology online,” she wrote. “My school encouraged me and I was easily prescribed a high dose of testosterone at 18, and it was very damaging.”
when i was 15, lonely, and hated my body, i got sucked into gender ideology online.
my school encouraged me and i was easily prescribed a high dose of testosterone at 18, and it was very damaging.
this is not rare.#DetransAwarenessDay
me at 19, trans // me now at 23 pic.twitter.com/oNPF5J3Q7m
— helena (@lacroicsz) March 12, 2022
These are just two of the stories shared on social media. Here are some of the other testimonies getting a great deal of attention on Twitter:
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When I was 18 I took male hormones so I could fit in better with my group
My group encouraged me to take TRT and ruin my body, and it destroyed me
This is not uncommon#DetransAwarenessDay #DetransitionAwarenessDay
Me at 18, trans // me at 24, detrans
It does get better pic.twitter.com/LqImnTWnR4
— spookers (@unrelatedscares) March 13, 2022
I’m Elaine. I’m 24. I started transitioning when I was 18 to better fit in with the weirdo gamer/anime fans I found myself hanging out with. I detransitioned a year ago and now I’m happier than ever 🙂 pic.twitter.com/5FFn35YRU2
— dune (@Dune_Kun) March 12, 2022
hi i’m allie and i started taking testosterone at 18 because i was tired of not fitting in with other girls so thought i’d make a better man instead. an autism diagnosis later and it all makes sense now #DetransAwarenessDay pic.twitter.com/LgN8i2Pqx5
— allie (@nervewrvcking) March 12, 2022
I transitioned in 2010 (when I was 22 years old) and detransitioned in 2020.
left, 2015 // right, 2021 pic.twitter.com/7u0A28FEdl
— Michelle (@somenuancepls) March 12, 2022
This is me in 2019 (left) and me today (right). I feel like back in the day I was naught but a caricature of myself; depressed, unhappy, non-functioning and suicidal.
Today my smile is genuine (we finally got some sun in Finland!), back then it was acted. pic.twitter.com/l6BYtPsEmX
— Lumi (@_lumikello) March 12, 2022
Former transgender individuals often face intense pushback or their stories are simply ignored.
Amid a culture that is increasingly supportive of the transgender movement, some who have detransitioned might find themselves in the crosshairs of pro-trans activists and advocates when they openly describe their stories.
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Yet some experts have warned there’s an increase in sex-change regret, with more and more patients reportedly going back to doctors to surgically return to their biological sex.
Read more stories about #DetransitionAwarenessDay here.
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