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US News Hundreds of young trans people seeking help to return to original sex

07:40  05 october  2019
07:40  05 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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'Hundreds' of young transgender people are seeking help to detransition, says the Detransition Advocacy Network © Getty 'Hundreds' of young transgender people are seeking help to detransition, says the Detransition Advocacy Network

Hundreds of young transgender people are seeking help to return to their original sex, Sky News has learnt.

According to a charity being set up to help them, members of the trans community are detransitioning - and the numbers may increase further.

The number of young people seeking gender transition is at an all-time high but we hear very little, if anything, about those who may come to regret their decision.

There's currently no data to reflect the number who may be unhappy in their new gender or who may opt to detransition to their biological sex.

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Childline is now receiving an average of eight calls a day from young people who feel their biological sex does not match their gender. The NSPCC said today that Childline held 2,796 counselling sessions focused on gender dysphoria and transgender issues in 2015/16. This is more than double the number.

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Charlie Evans, 28, identified as male for nearly 10 years.

a man wearing glasses: Charlie, 28, wants to help people who want to detransition © Getty Charlie, 28, wants to help people who want to detransition

Last year she detransitioned and went public with her story and was stunned by the number of people she discovered in a similar position.

"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," says Charlie.

"They don't know what their options are now."

Charlie says she's been contacted by "hundreds" of people seeking help - 30 people alone in her area of Newcastle.

"I think some of the common characteristics are that they tend to be around their mid-20s, they're mostly female and mostly same-sex attracted, and often autistic as well."

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a person talking on a cell phone: Ruby is now 21 years old but first began identifying as male at 13 © Getty Ruby is now 21 years old but first began identifying as male at 13

She recalls being approached by a young girl with a beard who hugged her after giving a public talk, who explained she was a destransitioned woman too.

"She said she felt shunned by the LGBT community for being a traitor. So I felt I had to do something."

Charlie is now launching a charity called The Detransition Advocacy Network with their first meeting in Manchester at the end of the month.

Sky News went to meet one person who has contacted Charlie's network for help.

She doesn't want to be identified so we've changed her name.

Ruby is now 21 years old but first began identifying as male at 13.

In the time she had been taking testosterone her voice had got a lot deeper and she had grown facial hair. Her body had also changed.

This summer she had been planning to have surgery to remove her breasts but in May Ruby voiced the growing doubts she'd been harbouring and made the decision to come off testosterone and detransition to identify as female.

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"I didn't think any change was going to be enough in the end and I thought it was better to work on changing how I felt about myself, than changing my body," says Ruby.

"I've seen similarities in the way I experience gender dysphoria, in the way I experience other body image issues."

Ruby explains she's also had an eating disorder but she doesn't feel that issue was explored in the therapy sessions she had when she went to gender identity services.

"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," says Ruby.

"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."

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Statistics on trans people are notoriously hard to come by, and detransition is no exception. And the scariest statistic is how many of those people never end up seeking help , and wind up ending their own lives out of a sense of hopelessness and despair. What should I do to help him detransition?

The number of young people seeking clinical services appears to be growing as well. For many young people in early studies, transitioning appears to have greatly alleviated their dysphoria. Accounts of successful transitions can help families envision a happy outcome for a suffering child.

They now have a record number of referrals and see 3,200% more patients than they did 10 years ago - the increase for girls is up by 5,337%.

With referrals at a record high, it suggests cases of detransition will rise too.

In a statement a trust spokesperson said: "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.

"Of course, gender transition has positive outcomes for many people. Even talking about detransition is viewed by some as transphobic. But some say further research and more discussion needed in treating people with gender dysphoria, as well as more options for them than gender transition."

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