Friday, November 25, 2022

Seeing The Light

It is big in the conservative community… detransitioning. They have some poster children that they like to spotlight but one of them has retransitioned and he was on Good Morning America.

Former 'detransitioner' fights anti-transgender movement she once backed
Trans people have been the target of anti-LGBTQ legislation across the country.
ByKiara Alfonseca
November 23, 2022

Ky Schevers is fighting back against the anti-trans movement she once took part in.

Schevers was assigned the sex of female at birth and later chose to start gender-affirming care by taking testosterone to transition from female to male in her mid-20s. She stopped taking testosterone, though, in the years that followed while she continued to explore and question her gender, later falling into an online anti-trans group of "detransitioners" – people who once did but no longer identify as transgender.

Now, Schevers says she has “retransitioned," identifying as transmasculine and gender queer, which means she identifies with both genders. Schevers uses she and her pronouns, but heavily identifies with masculinity, as defined by the LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center states.

His retransition is not what I want to write about this morning, but this study.

A 50-year study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior performed in Sweden estimated that less than 3% of people who medically transitioned experienced "transition regret." Other studies have estimated similar results, some citing even lower figures.

Despite this low percentage, these individuals have become a focal point of anti-transgender legislation and activism.

The article went on to say why people detransition.

A recent large study from Harvard found that gender-affirming surgery was associated with improved mental health outcomes in those who are transgender.

Another recent large study from Harvard found that even among those who do go on to detransition, it is often due to external pressures such as stigma and non-acceptance in their environments, rather than a sudden resolution of gender dysphoria.

The study mentioned in the article said...


We studied the applications for sex reassignment in the total population of Sweden during 50 years. There was a pronounced increase of applications from the year 2000. Approximately 2.5 times more FMs and three times more MFs applied between 2001 and 2010 compared to the three previous decades. This accords with reports from Toronto and the Netherlands where the number of adolescents who seek help for gender dysphoria has increased (de Vries & Cohen-Kettenis, 2012;Wood et al.,2013). The same has also been reported from Catalonia (Gomez-Gil et al.,2006). There are several possible explanations for the increase in gender reassignment applications. First, a drift in diagnostic criteria has occurred in that the Legal Board in Sweden has been increasingly more likely to sanction late onset MF (Olsson & Moller, 2003). As a consequence, the proportion of MF in general and late onset MF in particular increased during thes tudy period. But this occurred back in the 1980s and 1990s andcannot explain the surge after the turn of the century. Second, it has been suggested that homophobia in countries like Australia and Singapore may cause gay males to undergo SRS (Ross et al.,1981;Tsoi,1988). 


The regret rate defined as application for reversal of the legal gender status among those who were sex reassigned was 2.2 %for the whole period 1960–2010 with no significant sex difference. The risk of regretting the procedure was higher if one hadbeen granted a new legal gender before 1990 (11/15). For thetwo last decades, the regret rate was 2.4 % (1991–2000) and0.3 % (2001–2010), respectively. The decline in the regret ratefor the whole period 1960–2010 was significant. However, thelast period is still undecided since the median time lag until applying for a reversal was 8 years. If excluding 2001–2010 thep value is .002. The Swedish regret rate is slightly higher com-pared to previous reports: 1 % for FM and 1–1.5 % for MF (Pfa¨fflin, 1992), 0.4 % for both genders (Weitze & Osburg,1996), and 0.6 % for both genders (Meyer zu Hoberge, 2009).

But these low rates of detransitioner don’t want to be talked about in hearings for anti-trans legislation they want to paint a picture of it being a fad created by social media.

The GMA article went on to say,

But that's where “detransitioners" come in. Detransitioned activists have often testified in public hearings on policies concerning the transgender community.

They are the darling’s of the Republican party and the party don’t want hear others who have had a successful transition, they only want naysayers.

If all goes according to plan I will be on my way up to the Cape to close up the cottage for the winter.
Postponed until tomorrow. 

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