An episode of CBS show 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday talked about transgender issues.
The episode featured several young people who regretted their decision to alter their sex.
Some of these people even opted for reversing the course after undergoing surgical procedures and hormonal therapy. Going too fast
The 60 Minutes episode also featured a segment in which it was discussed how transgender activists sabotaged the legislation that attempted to institute stricter criteria for undergoing sex reassignment procedures.
According to the proposed law, children would need to be mature enough to make such life-altering decisions.
They would need to be capable of understanding all the possible consequences of changing their birth-assigned sex.
One of the participants at the CBS show was Grace Lidinsky-Smith, a woman who became a man in her early 20s and later on decided to go back into a female.
When asked about what she discussed about with the therapist before the transition, Lidinsky-Smith said that the psychologist did not go very deep, holding only a few sessions with her.
Moreover, the woman easily obtained testosterone shots from a doctor.
All she had to do was to sign a consent form.
What followed was a four-month-long testosterone regimen.
She was soon approved for a mastectomy, a surgical procedure that involves the removal of breasts.
Lidinsky-Smith described the breast removal procedure and what followed as traumatic, adding that she felt like a part of her body was missing.
The distress surrounding mastectomy prompted Lidinsky-Smith to stop taking testosterone and de-transition into a woman in less than a year.
She described her experience as ‘completely crazy.’
Lidinsky-Smith is not an isolated example of a young person who found the sex transition unbearably stressful.
Other participants on the show described their experiences in similar fashion.
An individual named Garrett told reporters that he did not receive significant pushback against his decision.
He was able to get a cross-sex hormone prescription after only two appointments with a doctor.
Garrett said that things started getting worse after he got his testicles removed and breasts augmented.
He said that he felt suicidal at the time, worrying about whether he would ever feel like ‘normal’ guys.
A person named Daisy also explained her experiences.
She said that while the transition initially seemed right, it turned to make her feel ‘incomplete’ toward the end.
Daisy emphasized that she did not have issues with surgeries or changing her name, which are usual worries among transitioning individuals.
A troublesome issue
Even though stricter regulation of sex transitioning might prevent many cases of this sort, transgender activists continue to oppose it.
They seemingly support investing more resources into sex replacement therapies, including those that would allow anyone who regretted their choice to de-transition.
However, Dr. Laura Edwards-Leeper, a psychologist working at one of the youth gender clinics, expressed her worry that her field has gone astray.
She described the lack of more significant pushback against transition as both unethical and irresponsible.
Dr. Edwards-Leeper identified an excessive concern about not insulting trans individuals as the main culprit for the lack of proper action.